A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam. Many mosques have elaborate domes, minarets, and prayer halls, in varying styles of architecture. The mosque serves as a place where Muslims can come together for salah as well as a centre for information, education, social welfare, and dispute settlement.
These days a mosque can be found in almost every country but there are those few that are so stunning and extraordinarily beautiful that one should definitely visit them once in their life.
This a list of 5 of the most beautiful and artistic mosques in the world that you definitely should plan a trip to.
- Faisal Mosque, Islamabad, Pakistan
This one is nestled in the foothills of Margalla Hills in Islamabad. The mosque has a very contemporary design consisting of eight sides of concrete shell. It is said to be inspired by a Bedouin tent. This mosque is one that lacks the typical domes and arches. Instead its prayer hall is a large triangle. The minarets were rumoured to be actual missiles cause of their resemblance to the real thing. Numerous nooks and cranies showcase the Turkish architecture it was inspired from.
- Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
This architectural work of art is one the world’s largest mosques, with a capacity for an astonishing 40,000 worshippers. It features 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24 carat gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest hand knotted carpet. The main prayer hall is dominated by one of the world’s largest chandeliers –10 metres in diameter, 15 metres in height and weighing twelve tonnes. Reflective pools surround the mosque, amplifying its beauty. The striking white and gold colours shining in the sun are transformed at night by a unique lightning system which reflects the phases of the moon.
- The Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey
Staying true to its name, it greets you with hand painted blue tiles all over the 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. It is absolutely gorgeous and is sure to take your breath away. Almost every travel website talks about this one.
- Jameh Mosque of Isfahan, Iran
As soon as you enter, your eyes will be drawn to the intricate patterns carved into the arched domes. Blues and turquoises seem to be the predominantly used colours. The minarets and the corridors at the entrance form the most perfect combination and fit like a puzzle in pictures. It has been declared as a heritage site by UNESCO.
- Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem
The Dome of the Rock is an Islamic shrine located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem. Blue and gold are the colours that make this mosque look absolutely picturesque. The Gold dome, sparkling in the sunlight can be spotted from an amount distance. The dome peeks out from the brown brick jungle formed by all the other building surrounding it.