A mosque is a place of praying for Muslims. Mosques all around the world are well known for the general importance to Muslims as well as for Islamic architecture and representation of Islamic culture.Among thousands of mosques some are famous for their large area,history,facilities or functionality,making them the most beautiful mosques of the world.Let’s take a look at the most beautiful mosques around the world.
AL-Masjid Al-Haram or “The Sacred Mosque “or “The Grand Mosque “is located in the city of Macca,Saudi Arabia.It is the largest mosque in the world and surrounds one of Islam’s holiest places,the Kaaba.The mosque complex covers an area of 356,800 square meters.You can speculate the size of this mosque as more than 04 million people can pray there at a time.It is the only mosque that has no Qibla direction, since Muslims pray facing the Kaaba in the central courtyard
Al Nabawi Mosque
Al Nabawi Mosque or”Mosque of Prophet “is located in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. It is the 2nd largest mosque of the world. one of the most important place of this mosque is Green Dome(the center of the mosque.),where the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad saleh allah wa Salam is located.One of the most popular things about Masjid Al Nabawi is it’s umbrella designed canopies covering the countryard which open in the afternoon to protect the worshippers from the heat of sun.
The Faisal Mosque
The Faisal Mosque, in Islamabad is the largest mosque of Pakistan and also the largest mosque of South Asia.It was designed to be shaped like a desert Bedouin’s tent.It is situated at the northernmost end of the city and at the foot of Margalla Hills,the westernmost foothills of the Himalayas.It is located on an elevated area of land against a picturesque backdrop of the Margalla Hills.This enviable location represents the mosque’s great importance and allows it to be seen from miles around day and night.
Crystal Mosque, is one of the most inimitably designed mosque of the world which not only creates a heart capturing view of its surroundings but also shows the awesome crystal art work.It is located in Terengganu, Malaysia.As it is built on a small island of Wan Man,most of its area is surrounded by water which creates a unique attraction towards it.At night,with the reflection from water and the glowing lights create a stunning scene which cannot be expressed in views.
Melaka Straits Mosque
Melaka Straits Mosque, located in Malaysia is also known as”Malacca’s Floating Mosque”as it is built on stilts above the sea.The mosque is located on Pulau Melaka which is a man-made reclaimed 40 hectare island just off the city centre of Melaka.It looks like a floating structure if the water level is high.While the main dome is Middle Eastern in appearance, the four corner turrets are topped with typical Malaysian roofline.The facade of the mosque is decorated with stained glass windows with Islamic motifs.The minaret also has a striking and unusual design.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, is a royal Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan,the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei.The mosque is built in an artificial lagoon on the bank of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer,the”village in the water”.It has marble minarets and the main dome(made of pure gold)with courtyards and lush gardens full of fountains, surrounded by a large number of trees and floral gardens which in Islam symbolizes heaven.The far view of it looks like a heaven floating on water as it is mostly surrounded by water.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque
Sultan Ahmed Mosque, is located in Istanbul,Turkey.The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.The cascading domes and six slender minarets dominate the skyline of Istanbul.The Sultan Ahmed Mosque has one main dome,six minarets and eight secondary domes.The design is the culmination of two centuries of both Ottoman Mosque and some Byzantine elements of the neighboring Hagia Sophia with traditional Islamic architecture and is considered to be the last great mosque of the classical period.
Putra Mosque or “Masjid putra”is the principle mosque of putrajaya,Malaysia.It is located next to the Malaysian prime Minister’s office and man-made Putrajaya Lake.The prayer hall is elegant and simple and supported by 12 columns that prop a 36 meter diameter dome.Even the sound system is state of the art,always giving the effect that the Imam’s voice is coming from right in front of you.The mosque itself can accommodate 10,000 worshippers and the courtyard outside an additional 5,000 people.
Masjid Al-Dahab,popularly known as the “Golden Mosque “is located in Manila,Philippine.Although its name gives the impression that it might be totally made of gold but it’s not.On the other hand,it has a huge golden color dome surrounded by 4 boundary corner pillars which are also of the same golden color and this is one of main reasons it is called the Golden Mosque.When night falls,the light glow off them and the view is Marvelous.
Baitul Mukarram,The national mosque of Bangladesh is located at the center of Dhaka.The mosque has a capacity of 30,000 worshippers, giving it the respectable position of being the 10th biggest mosque in the world. The mosque has several modern architectural features whilst at the same time it preserves the traditional principles of Mughal architecture which has for some time been dominant in this sub-continent. Baitul Mukarram’s large cube shape was modeled to that of the Ka’abah at Mecca making it a noticeable structure being unlike any other mosque in Bangladesh.