Top 10 mosques
The word ‘Mosque’ originates from the Arabic words ‘Masjid’, meaning a place for worship for Islamic followers. The Islamic-style of architecture is best represented by ancient structures which still stand tall in their full glory even after ages. The beauty of these incredible architectural marvels beholds every visitors’ eyes. Check out these astonishingly beautiful mosques and I bet that even if you are a non-believer, your hands would magically rise up and unite in prayer while your eyes will be awestruck by the wonder in front of it.
Hagia Sophia Mosque
Where: Istanbul, Turkey
The Greek meaning of Hagia Sophia is ‘Divine Wisdom’. One of the largest and most beautiful buildings of the world, Hagia Sophia has a gigantic dome celling and other prominent four minarets surrounding it which is visible from miles and makes it a delight to the eyes. The interior of the mosque is heavily covered with gold mosaic on the ceiling and is enriched with artistically huge marble pillar, walls, floors and columns. Beneath the dome are 40 windows with sunlight peeping through and giving it a beautiful look. Initially, utilised as an Orthodox Church in the 6th century, it later was converted into a mosque. In 1935, it was declared a museum, by the first President of Turkey.
Malacca Straits Mosque
Where: Melacca, Malaysia
Malacca Straits Mosque is located on Pulau Melaka man-made island, spread across 40 hectares. The best time to spot the beauty of the mosque is at the fall of the day; the contrast of the sky reflects on the stained glasses of the mosque; it gives majestic feelings. The doorway of Malacca Straits Mosque is made of strained glass with various delicate patterns while the minarets of the mosque have the architectural feel of a lighthouse. The dome of the mosque is not a massive one but is built marvellously with the massive chandelier hung in the centre of it, gives a hair-raising feeling. Malacca is considered one of the famous tourist destinations and even people of other faiths other than Muslims, can also visit provided they are in proper attire.
Where: Istanbul, Turkey
Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also popularly known as ‘The Blue Mosque’ is an architectural marvel. Though, the exterior mayn’t catch your attention in an instant, but the interior is a delight. It is filled with 20,000 pieces of blue tiles which looks breath-taking. The central dome of the mosque is supported with 4 half domes in 4 different direction. The beauty of the six minarets at night is a sight to behold.
Masjid al Haram
Where: Mecca, Saudi
The Masjib al-Haram also known as ‘The Sacred Mosque’ or ‘The Great Mosque of Mecca’ or ‘Grand Mosque’, is the largest Islamic holiest shrine in the world.. Masjid al Haram is built around the Kabba and has more than hundred gates and several huge minarets. Muslims pray facing towards the distinctive black cube known as the ‘Kaaba’ partly clad with marble and a 300kg heavy door which leads inside the room. During Hajj pilgrimage, it has one of the largest annual gatherings of Muslims in the world.
Nasir al-Mulk mosque
Where: Shiraz, Iran
Nasir al-Mulk mosque is also popularly known as ‘The Pink Mosque’. The exterior looks like any other formal mosque, but the interior boasts of remarkable piece of architecture. The inner courtyard features the typical arch gates, synonymous with Islamic architecture. Blue glazed tiles, intricate carved ceilings, Koranic inscriptions in blue colour makes the mosque a sheer work of art. The interiors have ornate arches and chandeliers all dotted in an intricate pattern of glazed tiles and fine Persian carpets in warm colours creating stunning contrasts. Coloured glasses add myriad shades inside this beautiful mosque. At the crack of the dawn, the stained glass reflect on the surface forming a wonderful astonishing pattern.
Where: Putrajaya, Malaysia
The Putra mosque is constructed with rose-tinted granite, combines Middle Eastern and traditional Malay design elements in its architecture. The dome of the mosque has exquisite architecture with stunning illustrations on the rose-tinted granite and has 16 pentagon shaped spacious stained glass windows beneath it. It has 3 main functional areas: the prayer hall, the courtyard, and various learning facilities and function rooms. It is one of the top tourist attractions of Malaysia.
Sheikh Zayed mosque
Where: Abu Dhabhi, United Arab Emirates
The magnificent Sheikh Zayed mosque located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Its’ courtyard has 82 domes, 1000 columns, 24 carat gold glided chandeliers made in Germany and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet which will take your breath away. The mosque is decorated with Greek and Italian marbles, considered one of the finest and purest marbles. The designers have used mosaic to cover the entire courtyard and is one of the largest open spaces among all the mosques around the world.. The reflective pool surrounds the mosque, amplifying its beauty.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
Where: Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Surrounded by artificial lagoon that serves as reflecting pool, the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is among the most beautiful mosques in the world. The interior of the mosque is pretty lavish as the floor is made from the finest Italian marbles, stainless glass windows and chandeliers were crafted in England while the carpet was flown from Saudi Arabia and Belgium. The golden dome of the mosque has been created of pure gold which shines brightly in the night sky..
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Where: Muscat, Oman
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is i one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. It is stunning piece of modern Islamic architecture, with the interiors of the mosque wall covered with white and dark grey marbles with ceramic flowers adoring them. With more than 6,00,000 fine crystals, over a thousand halogen bulbs, and 24 karat gold plating on the metal bits, the chandelier took almost 4 years to complete. The carpet is uniquely designedand is the second largest hand-woven rug in the world.
Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque
Where: Putrajaya, Malaysia
Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque also known as the ‘Iron Mosque’ located at Putrajaya, Malayasia.More than 70% of the mosque was entirely built with stainless steel imported from Germany and China. The main entrance glass is made of reinforced concrete to increase the strength of the structure and fine glass has been used to create an illusion of a white mosque from afar.