Mosques have existed since the world came into existence. It is the sacred place, where Muslims worship and create the soulful connection with God. To this day, the beauty and rich history of these pure places continue to impress visitors.
Here are the 10 beautiful mosques that will definitely take your breath away:
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is located in the city Isfahan, Iran. It was constructed between 1602 and 1619 during the reign of Shah Abbas I, an architectural treasure and a multifunctional area that is also home to Royal caravanserai, baths, a royal mint and a hospital.
The Aqsunqur Mosque, dated back to the 14th century, is located in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Having a touch of a clear Ottoman style, complete with traditional Iznik tiles in the shapes of cypress trees and tulips in vases, the mosque also has the mausoleums of its founder, Shams El-Din Aqsunqur, and his numerous sons.
Al Haram Mosque
The Al-Haram Mosque is located in the holy city of Mecca, Saudia Arabia. It is indeed the Sacred Mosque and one of the most prominent mosques in Islam as it is named by the Qur’an as the first house built for humanity’s worship of Allah. Holding a huge 400,800 square meters area, it can accommodate up to four million people during Hajj.
Al Aqsa Mosque
Located in the UNESCO-listed Old City of Jerusalem, the Al Aqsa Mosque is a remarkable architectural masterpiece that has been reconstructed numerous times throughout history due to frequently being hit by earthquakes. It still is the third holiest site in Islam for the belief that Muhammad was brought here from the Al Haram mosque in Mecca during the Night Journey, and then onto heaven.
Hassan II Mosque
The Hassan II Mosque is the considered the largest in Morocco and the seventh largest in the world, covering the Atlantic shoreline in Casablanca since 1993. Its minarets are the highest in the world, at 210 meters and are covered by a laser that illuminates a light towards Mecca. The interior is incredible: its walls are handcrafted out of smooth marble, and the glass floor let visitors gather a sight of the seabed in the main hall.
The Blue Mosque has six needle-like minarets and it is definitely a must-see if you ever visit the incredible country. It was constructed under the reign of the Ottoman ruler Ahmed I between 1609 and 1616. Besides the wonderfully designed waterfall of domes dropping down from the magnificent central dome, the ceiling sparkles with 20,000 blue Iznik tiles featuring flowers, trees and abstract designs.
The Ubudiah Mosque in the royal town of Kuala Kangsar is considered to be the most beautiful place of worship in Malaysia. It is comprised of four minarets and a golden dome, designed by British architect Arthur Benison Huback at the command of Sultan Idris Mushidul Azam Shah. The Sultan vowed to build a mosque of great beauty as thanksgiving for a recovery from an illness. Today, it is a symbol of great pride to all Muslims in the state of Perak.
Wazir Khan Mosque
The Wazir Khan Mosque, dated back to the 17th century, is located in the northern city of Lahore in Pakistan. The mosque is covered, both inside and out, with fresco paintings and tiles, featuring colours of cobalt, cerulean blue, greens, oranges, yellows and purples. It is considered one of the major landmarks the city holds.
Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba
In the Southern Spain, the Cordoba Mosque is one of the incredible masterpieces of Moorish architecture. Though the building was actually a 6th-century Catholic church, when the Islam spread to Spain back in the 8th century, it became one of 300 European mosques constructed to compete with the splendours of Constantinople and Damascus. Split into Muslim and Christian halves in 711, it was turned back into a Roman Catholic Church in the 16th century.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
One of the most incredible works of art can be seen at the white mosque in the UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet, created by over 12000 artisans, and a crystal chandelier. The Mosque is a representation of the religious affections of the royal family. With a total of 82 domes and over 1,000 columns, the mosque’s magnificent beauty is also increased by the pools surrounding it.