We are almost at the end of 2017 and in conjunction with this month’s theme, #CbAlayar, I am writing about beautiful mosques around the world according to TripAdvisor. There are a lot of beautiful mosques and I’m just gonna pick 5 which I think are the most beautiful ones. So, if you ever plan to travel to one of these countries, you must visit the mosque!
Sheikh Zayed Mosque is the largest mosque in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and it can hold up to 40,000 visitors. Everything here is grand and extraordinary – including some of the world’s largest chandeliers. It is also known as The Grand Mosque that was constructed between 1996 to 2007, which was designed by Syrian architect Yousef Abdelky.
It was launched by the late president of the UAE, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to establish a structure that would unite the cultural diversity of the Islamic world with the historical and modern values of architecture and art. His final resting place is located on the grounds adjacent to the complex.
Ubudiah Mosque, located in royal Kuala Kangsar is the most beautiful mosque in all of Malaysia. Ranking high on the list of Malaysia’s most beautiful mosques in Malaysia with its golden dome and minarets creating a spellbinding sight from near and afar. Built in 1913 during the reign of the 28th Sultan of Perak, Sultan Idris Murshidul Adzam Shah I Ibni Almarhum Raja Bendahara Alang Iskandar Teja and designed by Arthur Benison Hubback. It was commissioned on the orders of the Sultan, who vowed that he would build a mosque as ‘wakaf’ for recovering from an illness.
This imposing structure is now a symbol of great pride to all Muslims in the state of Perak. Built in 1917, the mosque features a simple, but striking, motifs of deep black, pure white, and bright gold.
The Blue Mosque in Istanbul is one of the greatest treasures of Turkey. It is also known as The Sultan Ahmed Mosque or Sultan Ahmet Mosque. A popular tourist site that continues to function as a mosque until today. Built in the early 1600s, during the rule of Ahmed 1. The mosque has awe-inspiring courtyards and several entrances. Inside, the high vaulted ceilings are adorned with a bright mosaic of tiles. Hand-painted blue tiles adorn the mosque’s interior walls, and at night the mosque is bathed in blue as it lights the mosque’s five main domes, six minarets and eight secondary domes. It sits next to the Hagia Sophia, another popular tourist site.
Fun facts about the Blue Mosque are that the tiles were all made in the small town of Iznik. Given that there are over 20,000 of them, the volume of the order was so great that it nearly exhausted the capabilities of the famous ceramic-making town as it was being fulfilled. Moreover, The original colored glass in the windows was sent as a gift from the Signoria of Venice. (Sadly, these windows have all now been replaced and the light is electrically supplemented by low-hanging lamps.)
Qolsharif Mosque located in Kazan Kremlin was first built in the 16th Century and has been renovating ever since and only completed in 2005. It is the largest and most modern mosques in Russia. It was rebuilt on the site of an ancient mosque with the same name. Kazan has one of the oldest and the largest Muslim communities in Russia. It can accommodate 6,000 worshipers. While the Masjid Qolsharif is a fully functioning mosque, with daily prayer services, as part of the Kazan Kremlin it is also a working museum, with exhibits on Islamic culture and history in Russia.
Several countries contributed to the fund to rebuild Qolsarif Mosque, namely Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. At the same time during the major Muslim celebrations, thousands of people gather there to pray.
Throughout the years, it has been redesigned a few times in order to maintain the structure and beauty of the mosque. The cream-colored Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque stands 23m high and dressed in artificial stone, with a minaret on the southern side rising to 73m. Situated near the shore of the eastern harbor, the mosque and its neighbors can be clearly seen from the sea. The high ceiling is decorated with arabesque and contains a great octagonal skylight known as a Shokhsheikha. The floors are paved in white marble. The doors, Minbar and windows are made of joined and finely carved teak, citronia and walnut. The Minbar is capped by a dome and has verses from the Qur’an written at the top in French gold.
Masya Allah, aren’t these mosques breathtaking? Brunei also has quite a few beautiful mosques such as the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Jame’ Asr Hassanal Bolkiah Mosque, Ash Shalihin Mosque and many more. We are very blessed that our monarch has made mosques or suraus available almost everywhere, such as in airport, shopping complexes, local institution and government offices.
So, which mosque do you know is beautiful to you other than the above? Let us know in the comment box below.
CbA would like to wish our readers to have a safe trip to wherever you go. May Allah SWT always protect you, Aminn.
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