Thursday, 14 March 2013

Great Mosques in the World

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MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA: A view of the minarets and domes of The Grand Mosque.

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA: One of the 1,300 mosques in Jeddah, the second largest city in Saudi Arabia and one of the principal gateways to the Holy City of Mecca.

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN: The Faisal Masjid in Islamabad is the largest mosque in Pakistan. It is named after the late Saudi King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz, who financed its construction.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES: The Sheikh Zayed Mosque backdropped by a clear blue sky in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The Mosque, named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, is the biggest mosque in the United Arab Emirates.

PATTANI, THAILAND: Thai Muslim women pray during the special Eid ul-Fitr morning prayer at the Central Mosque of Pattani in the southern province of Pattani, Thailand. The beautiful mosque is the largest in Thailand. Pattani is one of the four provinces of Thailand where the majority of the population (88%) are Malay Muslim.

DEARBORN, MICHIGAN, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: An interfaith group rallies at the Islamic Center of America in Dearborn, Michigan. It is the largest mosque in North America and the oldest Shia mosque in the United States.

KAZAN, RUSSIA:  The Qolsharif Mosque in the Kazan Kremlin in Kazan, Russia. At the time of its original construction in the 16th century, it was believed to be the oldest mosque in Europe outside Istanbul. Named after Qolsharif, a religious scholar and Imam of the Khanate of Kazan, who died in 1552 defending the mosque against Russian forces of Ivan the Terrible. It was rebuilt and inaugurated in 2005. Kazan is in Tatarstan, a federal subject of Russia in the Volga Federal District.

MUSCAT, OMAN:  The awe-inspiring Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat, Oman, is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. It took six years and four months to build and was finished in 2001. It can accommodate a maximum of 20,000 worshippers including a separate prayer hall for women. The Grand Mosque has the second-largest prayer carpet and chandelier in the world.

MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA: Pilgrims pray in the Grand Mosque, known to the faithful as Masjid al-Ḥaram, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the holy city of Mecca. At the centre of the Grand Mosque is the Kaaba, a cuboid-shaped building housing in its eastern corner the sacred Black Stone, which makes it the holiest site in Islam. The Quran states that Abraham and his son Ishmael raised the foundations of this holy house.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY: The iconic Sultanahmet Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey is a masterpiece of Ottoman and Byzantine architectural traditions.

YAZD, IRAN - APRIL 22: Night view of medieval Takyeh Amir Chakhmagh Mosque in Yazd, Iran.

URGUP, TURKEY: Christians and Muslims lived together peaceably in the caves in Zelve until the 20th century. Here, an early mosque at the Zelve Open Air Museum in Zelve, near Urgup.

SINGAPORE: Sultan Mosque in the Arab Street area, Singapore.

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