For the wanderers who are out and about trying to find a few hidden architectural gems, we highly recommend visiting a few mosques with quite a unique architecture. These mosques that we will discuss in this blog are the best ones when it comes to portraying Islamic architecture. The Muslim nations have a vibrant history, and it’s highly evident in the countries’ monuments and religious architectures. Mosques or any other religious place is not just the place where people come to worship. These buildings are truly representing the culture and history. The craftsmanship that we witness here is a primary source of tourists. The literal translation of mosque in Arabic is Masjid, and it’s considered a holy place to offer salat five times a day. In this blog, we will discuss the top 5 most beautiful ones.
It’s the largest mosque around the globe, and Muslims consider it the most prominent place to offer their prayers. The mosque is mentioned in the Quran as the first place ever built for Muslims to worship. The site registers millions of tourists annually, where they come to offer Hajj and Umrah rituals. Not just the largest, it’s the most beautiful architecture spread across over 400,000 sq. mt. It is also highly prominent due to the presence of Kaaba and Maqaam Ibrahim.
Sheik Zayed Grand, UAE
The architecture of this Emirates mosque is an extravagant portrayal of Islamic culture. The mosque has 82 white domes, and the scene looks highly soothing to the eyes. The size of Sheik Zayed Mosque can house 40,000 individuals at a time, and the architecture looks even more scenic at night with all the lights on. The mosque has the most significant hand-woven carpet for extravagant things. The saber and peace messages are written across the architecture using beautiful calligraphy.
Wazir Khan Mosque, Pakistan
On the map, the mosque is located in one of the busiest areas of Lahore. If you are planning to visit the country, the Wazir Khan mosque must be on your itinerary. There are a number of Fresco tiles and paintings spread across the architecture, and it was built all the way back in the 1800s. The structure can easily be considered one of the best representations of Mughal architecture portraying Indo-Islamic style.
Sultan Ahmad Mosque, Turkey
Due to Blue Iznik tiles across the mosque, the world knows it more commonly as Blue Mosque. Like the one in Pakistan, this Turkey marvel was also built in the 17th century. A total of 5 tombs accompany a total of 6 minarets. History can easily be marked as the last classical era structure if we look at history. The mosque is open for both men and women like all the other ones. The dress code also remains the same; headscarf for women and full pants for men.
Islamic Center Mosque, Croatia
The tradition and contemporary style are merged here, and it can give you a unique architecture that just rightly soothes our minds. The impressive dome with various geometric shapes internally divides the structure into five parts. From the outside, the system gives an illusion of a big hall. Located in Rijeka, this Croatian architecture was designed by Dušan Džamonja. The mosque comes with just one minaret that is also finished in a very modern look.