10 most beautiful mosques from around the world
Large enough to accommodate over 4 million worshipers, the Grand Mosque surrounds Islam’s holiest place, the Kaaba, in the city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia and is the largest mosque in the world. In 2016 it was estimated that Great Mosque had cost 100 billion dollars.
2|Al-Masjid an-Nabawi, Saudi Arabia
Situated in the city of Medina in Saudi Arabia, Masjid Al Nabawi is a mosque built by the prophet Muhammad himself and is now one of the largest mosques in the world. The two tiered mosque has a rectangular plan with a flat paved roof topped with 27 sliding domes. One of the most notable features of the site is the Green Dome in the south-east corner of the mosque, originally Aisha’s house (Muhammad’s wife), where the tomb of Muhammad is located.
3|Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
Large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshipers, this architectural work of art is the largest mosque in the UAE, featuring 82 domes, over a 1,000 columns, pure white Sivec marble, massive chandeliers, and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The 96 columns in the main prayer hall are clad with marble and inlaid with mother of pearl, and has the world’s third largest chandelier that incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals.Image Source
4|Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Located in Bandar Seri Begawan, Sultanate of Brunei Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. Built in an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer- the “village in the water”, the mosque has marble minarets and golden domes, a courtyard and is surrounded by a large number of trees and floral gardens.
5|Crystal Mosque, Malaysia
Located on a man-made island called Pulau Wan Man, Masjid Kristal is a grand structure made of steel, glass and crystal and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Malaysia.
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6|Qolsarif /Kul Sharif Mosque, Russia
The Qolsarif Mosque was built in the Kazan Kremlin in the 16th century and was named after Qolşärif who served the mosque. It was reputed to be – at the time of its construction – one of the largest mosques in Russia, and in Europe outside of Istanbul. It is believed that the building featured minarets in the form of cupolas and tents.
7|Sultan Ahmet Mosque (Blue Mosque), Turkey
Also known as the Sultan Ahmet Camii, this historic mosque located in Istanbul is a popular tourist site. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as lights frame the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes.
8| Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, Brunei
Jame’asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, located in Bandar Seri Begawan, is the largest mosque in Brunei. It was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the sultan’s reign, and opened in 1994. It is known locally as the Kiarong mosque.
9|Masjid Ubudiah, Malaysia
Masjid Ubudiah – ranking high on the list of Malaysia’s most beautiful mosques, the Ubudiah Mosque stands proudly and majestically in Kuala Kangsar, with its golden dome and minarets creating a spellbinding sight, from near and afar.
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