263: Identify this Frenchman after whom a few places in the world are named, including one in India. Some argue that this is not essentially true and that he took his name from the place in question. Any how, what name / place?263

262: Cheraman Juma Masjid – a mosque in Kodungallur, Kerala. Believed to be built in 629 AD by Malik Bin Deenar, it is considered as the oldest mosque in India, and the second oldest mosque in the world to offer Jumu’ah prayers.

6 thoughts on “263

  1. Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais

    Mahe, embedded in Kerala, but officially in Puduchery

    Wikipedia wins

  2. Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais (huuuu), appears quite a haughty guy; the most easily pronounceable part of his name is the place name — Mahe, an enclave in Kerala, but part of Puducherry

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