10 breathtaking mosques from all over the world
They were seen as the heart of the cities, there found most activity takes place during the glorious era of the Prophet Muhammad, sallallahu alaihi wa sallam. Today, with the exception of certain mosques, it is more a place for worship by Muslims, by means of performing prayers and other religious activities.
However, the importance of mosques is never questioned. Many are built to the Islamic heritage and reflect his glory by its design and architecture. Domes, minarets, and prayer halls are some of the more prominent similarities in the many mosques around the world. Depending on the location of the mosque, each its own unique identity. Below we describe 10 of the most great mosques in the world.
The building was completed in 1986 and the Shah Faisal Masjid is the largest mosque in both Pakistan and South Asia. In the beginning, from 1986 to 1993, it was even the largest mosque in the world. Afterwards it was overtaken by extensions of existing and construction of new mosques in other parts of the world. The mosque is designed and shaped as a Bedouin desert tent and functions as the National Mosque of Pakistan with its modern Islamic architecture in the foreground.
Located in Bandar Seri Begawan, capital of Brunei Darussalam, is generally regarded as one of the most beautiful mosques in South-East Asia. In addition to a place for worship, it is also an important historic location and a famous tourist attraction. Visitors to Brunei can not miss this mosque because it dominates the horizon, one of its minarets is the tallest building in Bandar Seri Begawan.
The story goes that the sultan at the time ordered to the top floor of a nearby building to remove so that it is not would be greater than the highest minaret of the mosque. The mosque also has a ceremonial stone boat in the lagoon, which is based on a 16th-century royal ship.
An impressive structure, visible from both bridges that connect Abu Dhabi Island to the Mainland. This mosque is equipped with beautiful gardens and serves as the most beautiful point in the city. It is also the final resting place of its namesake, the first president of the UAE Sheikh Zayed. With more than 1000 82 domes, columns, 24 k gold plated chandeliers, the world's largest hand-knotted carpet is it able to facilitate 41,000 believers. It is also one of the few mosques in the region, also open to non-Muslims.
This mosque with beautiful architecture was built to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the previous King. With its 210-metre-high minaret travels the mosque in full glory far above the ocean. It has floor heating, a retractable roof, a part with glass floors and also a laser on top of the minaret which every night to Mecca.
It all started when King Hassan II on his birthday the desire expressed to: "to enrich the city with a large, elegant building in which they could be proud to at the end of time". Thirteen years later he inaugurated the Hassan II mosque which was built on a rock on reclaimed land.
This is one of the most recognizable mosques in the world, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque is on the outside with a cascade of domes and six minarets. The blue Iznik tiles on the inside give this mosque are some more fashionable and common name: the Blue Mosque. It is the only mosque in Turkey with six minarets and the courtyard is the largest of all Ottoman mosques.
Tourists and locals usually gather in the park opposite the mosque during the Maghreb call from a prayer as the Athan. In combination with the floodlights that illuminate the mosque, makes a visit to a truly wonderful and impressive experience.
In addition to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, there is also a Red Mosque in Colombo. In one of the busier commercial districts of Colombo (Pettah), this striking and unique building. Each stone used for the construction of this remarkable piece of architecture is red or white painted and his contrasting posted, for this reason it is generally known as the Red Mosque.
The Indo-Saracen architecture with pomegranate-shaped domes gives this mosque with its own character and a remarkable appearance. Some claim that this building was formerly used as a navigational point for sailors who were approaching the port of Colombo.
On the grounds of the Islamic Heritage Park in Kuala Terengganu, the Crystal mosque built on an artificial island. It was officially opened in February 2008 and is the first ' intelligent ' Mosque of the country. The mosque is equipped with built-in IT infrastructure and WiFi connections so that visitors internet access allowing them to digitally read the Koran.
The wonderful architecture is made of steel and glass making the mosque a crystal-like appearance. When it is dark changes the lighting domes and minarets in the colours pink, yellow, green and blue. Partly because of this mosque has a reputation for being one of the most beautiful to be in the world, and we totally agree!
Built in the 15th century, the Bibi-Khanum was one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world. In 1897 are parts of the mosque collapsed as a result of an earthquake, slowly but surely are large parts of the mosque now restored.
According to some legends, the mosque was built by Bibi-Khanym, she was the favorite wife of Tamerlane and wanted his return from India. It had to be the most grandiose creation and the most impressive building of Samarkand. The mosque has three dome-shaped rooms, archways, 8 minarets (4 restored and 4 that has yet to be finished), and also an open courtyard with a stone pedestal, a huge Koran holder.
This mosque is equipped with unique black domes made of hard wood shingles that are placed like tiles.
It is one of the better known mosques in Indonesia because of his role during the tsunami in 200 who resisted, while many surrounding buildings were destroyed by the unstoppable tidal wave. Many residents took refuge here after the tsunami had devastated the landscape of Banda Aceh. Images of the incident you will still fascinate.
The design is based on the Mughal revival style, nowadays the mosque minarets and domes, about 7 8 32 pillars.
This mosque was a gift from Sultan Qaboos to his people to celebrate that he ruled over the Kingdom for 30 years.
The main prayer room has the second largest hand-woven Persian carpet in the world. The carpet is no less than 70 at 60 metres and 600 women worked 4 years to weave. It serves as the main mosque in Oman and is the only open to non-Muslims.
In addition to the prayer halls, the mosque also surrounding courtyards and five minarets that represent the five pillars of Islam.