Muslim Architecture stands out for its exquisite design and creativity. The intricate detail in the artwork of these architectural classics lends credence to the genius that Muslim world is capable of. While we have taken a look at 20 Mesmerizing Mosques That Highlight The Wonders Of Islamic Architecture before, this time let’s focus on the the captivating artwork found on Mosque ceilings.
1. Saint Petersburg Mosque, Russia
The mosque was inspired by the Gur-e Amir mausoleum, the tomb of Tamerlane, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan and created by architect Nikolay Vasiliev. At the time of construction in 1913, it was by far the biggest mosque in Europe. It can hold 5,000 people in its halls.
2. Taj Mahal Mosque, India
The Taj Mahal Mosque is part of the Taj Mahal building including the tomb. Its construction was completed sometime in 1653. Ustad Ahmad Lahauri is credited with the design led by Shah Jehan, the great Mughal emperor himself.
3. Wazir Khan Mosque, Pakistan
Wazir Khan Mosque is situated in Lahore, Pakistan. It was constructed by Hakim Shaikh Ilm-ud-din Ansari in the 17th century during Shah Jehan’s reign. The tile work is Qashani and it is one of the finest in the world.
4. National Mosque, Malaysia
The National Mosque is located in Kuala Lumpur, Capital City of Malaysia. It was built in 1965 and can hold up to 15,000 people on any given day.
5. Nasir-al-Mulk Mosque, Iran
Located in Shiraz, Iran, this mosque is considered by many as having the most beautiful interior in the entire world. And that is no understatement. The mosque was built in 1888 and is also known as the Pink Mosque for its exquisite Pink tile work.
6. Al-Sultan Qalawoon Mosque, Egypt
This mosque is situated in the Qalawoon Complex in Cairo Egypt. Built in 1280s by the then Sultan Al-Nasir Muhammad Ibn Qalawoon, it still stands proud today as a testament to the religion’s greatness.
7. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, UAE
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque of Abu Dhabi was constructed in 2007 and is one of the modern masterpieces of Islamic architecture. Over 3,000 workers and 38 construction companies took part in the construction of this beautiful mosque.
8. Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque, Iran
The mosque was constructed in 1619 during the Safavid era, and is located in Isfahan, Iran. The design and construction was done by Shaykh Bahai during the reign of Shah Abbas I.
9. Blue Mosque, Turkey
Blue Mosque or Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the centerpiece of Istanbul. This historic mosque was built in 1616 and is one of the must-see places in Turkey.
10. Alhambra, Spain
Alhambra, Grenada was built in 889 originally as a Spanish fort. It was conquered by the Muslim Emir and then reconstructed as a Muslim courtyard by Yousuf I, Sultan of Grenada.
11. Tokyo Central Mosque, Tokyo
The Tokyo Central Mosque, or Tokyo Camii is the largest mosque in Japan. It is built with Ottoman influences in its architecture and stands out in the bustling surroundings of Tokyo.
12. Mosque of Cordoba, Spain
The Mosque of Cordoba was originally a Church called Diocese of Cordoba which later became a Church plus Mosque after the Muslims conquered Spain and entered into an agreement with the Church. Sometime later the whole Church was reconstructed and converted to a Mosque. After the renaissance, it was converted to a Church again but the architecture remains the same.
13. Royal Mausoleum, Morocco
The Royal mausoleum is where Mohammed V of Morocco and his two sons are buried. The mausoleum has an assigned Quran reader and a small place for worship. Although not technically a mosque, it is considered by some as a place of worship.
14. Bahaud-din Naqshband Mausoleum, Uzbekistan
It is the tomb of the famous Muslim sufi “Bahauddin Naqshband Bukhari” which also contains a mosque. It is located 12 km from Bukhara in Uzbekistan and millions perform pilgrimage here and pay homage to the great saint.
15. Jalil Khayat Mosque, Iraq
Jalil Khayat Mosque resembles the Blue Mosque in Turkey, was constructed in 2007. Located in Erbil, it was constructed by a wealthy citizen of the City. The mosque is named after him.
16. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, UAE
The beauty and size of Sheikh Zayed Mosque warrants another entry in the list. It has two prayer halls, each with the capacity of holding 1,500 worshipers.
17. Umayyad Mosque, Syria
The Great Mosque of Damascus is one of the oldest Mosques in the world, having been constructed in the 7th century. The beauty and the delicacy of the architectural design of the mosque is a sight to behold.
18. Nusretiye Mosque, Turkey
The Nusretiye Mosque stands out in the city of Istanbul as something which does not belong in those particular surroundings. The Baroque architecture gives it its unique look, something which is quite extraordinary for a mosque.
19. Shah Jehan Mosque, Pakistan
The mosque is located in Thatta and shows of extraordinary tile work. The blue glazed tiles were imported from Hala and the beautiful mosque still stands proud as a symbol of Islamic heritage in Sindh, Pakistan.
20. Khiva Mosque, Uzbekistan
This ancient Arabic styled mosque is located in the ancient city of Khiva in Uzbekistan. This picture shows an eight-arch lantern with a stalactite cornice and dome that crowns the minaret.