The very picture of religious devotion, more than seven thousand Islamic worshippers bow during Friday noon prayers in Istiqlal mosque, Djakarta, the largest indoor mosque in Asia.
With there being more than 1.2 billion Muslims all over the world, globalization has meant some mosques have to be built incredibly huge so to accommodate the increasing number of worshippers coming every year. We list the 10 largest mosques in the world, eight of which are located in just three countries.
Masjid al-Haram is the largest mosque in the world with the capacity of 4 million worshippers. It is the holist mosque in Islam and draws millions of pilgrims from all over the world.
Al-Masjid an-Nabawi is the second holiest mosque in Islam. It is also among the largest in the world with a capacity for housing more than a million worshippers.
Al Abbas Mosque located in the Iraqi city of Karbala is large enough to accommodate nearly a million worshippers. The Mosque is visited by millions of pilgrims, especially in the month of Muharram.
Considered the third holiest for Shia Muslims, Imam Ali Mosque every year attracts millions of pilgrims visiting to pay their tribute. The mosque can hold up to 800,000 worshippers.
Considered to be among the most beautiful mosques in Iran, Shah Mosque is also among the largest in the country. Around 700,000 worshipers can be housed within the mosque.
The Imam Reza Shrine is a large religious complex containing the mausoleum of Imam Reza. It has enough capacity to house roughly 500,000 worshippers.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is considered to be among the greatest work of Safavid architecture. The mosque can house nearly 500,000 worshippers.
Bara Imambara is a religious complex located in Lucknow, India. The mosque has enough capacity for 350,000 people.
Said to be the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, Istiqlal Mosque is the national mosque of Indonesia and has a capacity for 200,000 worshippers.