A mosque is a Holy place where Muslims of all backgrounds gather to offer their prayers and become closer to their religion. With its rich history and diverse cultures, the Islamic world hosts many awe-inspiring mosques of fine architecture and impeccable beauty. While by no means is this list exhaustive, we present you with 11 of the most beautiful mosques from around the world.
Al-Masjid an-Nabawi also called the Mosque of the Prophet (PBUH) is the second oldest mosques in the world as well as one of the largest. It was built during the time of the Prophet (PBUH) when he arrived in the city of Medina. The current Architecture of the Mosque is a blend of medieval ottoman and modern influence. The Mosques features sliding golden domes and retractable umbrella-like canopies.
Nasir Ol Molk Mosque, located in Shiraz, Iran, is considered one of the finest examples Persian Architecture. The mosque was built during the late 19th century and features stain glass windows which colorfully illuminate the decorated interior.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, more popularly known as the Blue Mosque was constructed during the height of ottoman empire. The Mosque features a mix of byzantine elements with traditional Islamic architecture .
Faisal Mosque the largest mosque In Pakistan and until 1993 was the largest in the world. The iconic building was named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who had supported and financed the project.
Hassan II Mosque is the largest as well as the one of the most beautiful mosques in Morocco. the Mosque features the largest minaret in the world which directs a laser pointing towards Mecca.The walls of the mosque are hand crafted and the seabed can be seen through the glass floor of the Mosque’s Hall.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the Grand Mosque of United Arab Emirates. The Architecture of the Building was designed with the aim of uniting the cultural diversity of the Islamic World.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is widely considered as one of the most beautiful mosque of the east. Located in the Sultanate of Brunei, the building combines Mughal architecture with modern Italian design. The most distinctive feature of the of the Mosque, its dome, is covered in pure gold.
Commissioned during the height of the Mughal Empire, Badshahi Masjid remained the largest mosque in the world for nearly 2 centuries . This magnificent building is considered one of the most famous examples of Mughal structures
The Umayyad Mosque is one of the oldest as well as the largest mosque in the world. The Mosque has survived many wars and went through renovation work numerous times in different time periods, making its architecture remarkably distinct from the rest.
Destroyed by the invaders during the mid 16th century, the Qolşärif Mosque was rebuilt in 2005 in present day Russia . This stunning piece of Architecture is a distinct blend of traditional Russian, Tatary and modern styles.
Shahi Mosque,Chitral. It is believed that both Persian and Indian Artists were employed in the construction of this mosque.