Around the world, there are are number of mosques that are architectural masterpieces. Praying at any of these mosques should be on the top of the list of things you want to do in life. These places of worship pack incredible eye-candy and are a marvel for the modern world. The following 20 mesmerizing mosques will make your eyes open wide, as you try to comprehend the genius of Islamic architecture.
1. Al-Haram Mosque, Saudi Arabia
The Qur’an said that this was the first house built for humanity to worship Allah. The most famous monument in the world, Al Haram mosque or “Grand Mosque” is located in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It is the largest mosque in the world and currently covers an area of 400,800 square meters (99.0 acres). It can accommodate up to 4 million people during the period of the Hajj.
2. Putrajaya Mosque, Malaysia
Putrajaya is basically the Washington D.C. of Malaysia, and the entire city has been built in the last 10 years. Construction of the mosque began in 1997 and was completed two years later. It is located next to the man-made Putrajaya Lake.The mosque can accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any given time.
3. Ummayad Mosque, Damascus
The Ummayad Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque of Damascus. It is of great architectural and religious importance, considered by Muslims to be the fourth holiest place in Islam. The mosque was built after the Arab conquest of Damascus in 634. Prophet Muhammed (SAW) used to recite Quran at this site and it is believed that Hazrat Esa / Jesus Christ (P.B.U.H) will return to this site one day.
4. Al-Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain
Set against the backdrop of palm trees and the sea, the Grand Mosque strikes a beautiful picture. With its exquisite Bahraini architecture, crowned by the world’s largest fibreglass dome, it is a sight to behold! It encompasses 6,500 square meters and has the capacity to accommodate over 7,000 worshippers. Built in 1987, it is after Ahmed Al Fateh, the conqueror of Bahrain.
5. Hassan II Mosque, Morocco
The Grande Mosquée Hassan II, located in Casablanca, Morocco. It is the largest mosque in the country and the 7th largest in the world. Its minaret is the world’s tallest at 210 metres (689 ft). The minaret is 60 stories high topped by a laser, the light from which is directed towards Mecca. A maximum of 105,000 worshippers can gather together for prayer.
6. Zahir Mosque, Malaysia
The mosque was built in 1912, funded by Tunku Mahmud, son of the Sultan Tajuddin Mukarram Shah. This mosque is the tomb of Kedah warriors who had died while defending Kedah from Siam in 1821. The mosque was founded with five large domes symbolizing the five main principles of Islam.
7. Nasir-al-Molk Mosque, Iran
Construction on the gorgeous Nasir al Molk Mosque began in 1876 and was completed in 1888. Not only does it include impeccable architectural detailing, but it also offers a rainbow of bright colors thanks to the stained-glass windows and painted geometric tiles that cover the expansive interior walls. Absolutely breathtaking.
8. Sultanahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Turkey
The cascading domes and six slender minarets of the Sultanahmet Mosque (better known as the “Blue Mosque”) dominate the skyline of Istanbul. In the 17th century, Sultan Ahmet I wished to build an Islamic place of worship that would be even better than the Hagia Sophia.
9. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is the royal mosque for Brunei Sultanate located in Bandar Seri Begawan, Capital of the Sultanate of Brunei.The mosque was completed in 1958 and is a marvellous example of modern Islamic architecture.The mosque’s most prominent feature is the main dome, covered in pure gold. The mosque stands 52 m (171 ft) high and can be seen from virtually anywhere in Bandar Seri Begawan.
10. Taj’ul Mosque, Bhopal, India
Taj’ul mosque is a mosque located in Bhopal, India. This is one of the largest mosques in Asia. This mosque is also used as a madrasa (Islamic school) in the afternoon.
11. Shah Jahan Mosque, Pakistan.
The mosque was built in 1647, during the reign of Mughal King Shah Jahan in Thatta as a gift to the people of Sindh.The mosque has overall 93 domes and it is world’s largest mosque having such number of domes. It has been built keeping acoustics in mind. A person speaking inside one end of the dome can be heard at the other end.
12. Crystal Mosque, Malaysia
The Crystal Mosque or Masjid Kristal is a mosque in Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu, Malaysia. A grand structure made of steel, glass and crystal. The unique structure adopts contemporary style Injected with Moorish and gothic elements. The mosque is located at Islamic Heritage Park on the island of Wan Man. The mosque was constructed between 2006 and 2008. It was officially opened on 8 February 2008 by 13th Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin of Terengganu. It has the capacity to accommodate over 1,500 worshipers at a time.
13. Floating Mosque, Saudi Arabia
It is one of the most loved and most visited sightseeing spots in the city of Jeddah. The mosque is located just next to the Red Sea which gives the impression that the mosque is floating in water. It is therefore named the Floating Mosque. Due to the shimmering white color of the mosque it is also referred as the White Mosque.
14. Faisal Mosque, Pakistan
Faisal Mosque in Islamabad is the biggest mosque in south-east and southern Asia and the fourth largest mosque in the world. It was the largest mosque in the world between 1986-1993 before the completion of the Mosque of Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco and after the expansion of Masjid Al-Haram of Mecca and the Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi in Medina, Saudi Arabia in the 1990s.
15. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, UAE
Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the sixth largest mosque in the world. It is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and the first President of the United Arab Emirates, who is also buried there. The mosque was officially opened in the Islamic month of Ramadan in 2007. This right out of the Arabian Nights book, outstanding!
16. Puchong Perdana Mosque, Malaysia
The Puchong Perdana Mosque is a mosque in Puchong Perdana township in Puchong, Selangor, Malaysia near Puchong Lake.
It was constructed between 2004 and 2006.The mosque floats on the lake, it is a floating mosque. The reflection of the mosque can be seen on the lake.
17. Mohammed Ali Mosque, Egypt
Mohammed Ali mosque is a mosque situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt. It was commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and completed in 1848. This great mosque, along with the citadel, is one of the landmarks of Cairo and definite wonder of Islamic architecture!
18. Sultan Mosque, Singapore
With its massive golden domes and huge prayer hall, the Sultan Mosque is one of Singapore’s most impressive religious buildings and the focal point of Muslims in Singapore. The mosque was first built in 1824 for Sultan Hussian Shah, the first sultan of Singapore, and his followers. The main prayer hall can hold up to 5,000 worshippers and is one of the biggest and most amazing religious structures in Singapore. The Mosque’s dome base is formed out of glass bottles, a truly amazing feat in itself.
19. Baitul Mukarram Mosque, Bangladesh
This mosque is the National Mosque of Bangladesh. Located in the heart of Dhaka city, this mosque was founded in the 1960s has a capacity of 30,000 people. It is 10th biggest mosque in the world and work still goes on to increase its capacity.
20. Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, Saudi Arabia
Masjid-e-Nabawi is a mosque built by the Prophet Mohammad (PUBH). It is situated in the city of Medina. It is the second holiest site in Islam after Ka’abah. One of the most important places of this mosque is the Green Dome, where the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad (PUBH) is located.