Thursday, March 11, 2010

10 Most Magnificent Mosques in the World

Mosques are places where the followers of Islam worship. There are many of them around the world, ranging from very large Mosques that can seat 50,000 people to ones so small that they can only hold 10 people at a time. They are known for having amazing domes with crescents on top, tall and slender minarets that are usually situated at the corner of the building structure; amazing Art of Arabic Calligraphy and Quran verses in the Prayer Halls.
Here are the  Most Magnificent Mosques around the globe. You may have been fortunate enough to have already visited some of them.
Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Turkey
Sultan Ahmed Mosque is a historical mosque in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey. The mosque is one of several mosques known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.
Shah Faisal Mosque, Pakistan
The Faisal Mosque in Islamabad is the largest mosque in Pakistan and South Asia and the fourth largest mosque in the world. It was built in 1986.
Muhammad Ali Mosque, Egypt
Situated on the summit of the citadel, this is the largest mosque to be built in the first half of the 19th century. With its animated silhouette and twin minarets it is the most visible mosque in Cairo.
Shah Mosque, Iran
The Shah Mosque of Isfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran.
It is registered along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square as a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Al Aqsa Mosque, Palestine
It is one of the three most important sites in Islam, and a showcase for Islamic architecture and design from Umayyad to Ottoman times.
Putra Mosque, Malaysia
Facing the scenic Putrajaya Lake, the Putra Mosque is arguably Putrajaya’s most distinctive landmark and one of the most modern mosques in the world.
Mosque of Dearborn, USA
It was built by the Islamic community in USA in 1937.This is an architectural masterpiece and the largest mosque in North America.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Brunei
The mosque is classified as one of the most spectacular mosques in the Asia. The building was completed in 1958 and is an impressive example of modern Islamic architecture.
Al-Nabawi Mosque, Medina
The Mosque of the Prophet in Medina is the second holiest mosque in Islam and the second largest mosque in the world.
Haram Sharif Grand Mosque, Mecca
Masjid al-Ḥaram is the largest and the most magnificent mosque in the world.  Its design depicts the vastness and open mindedness of people of Islamic religion.


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