Known for their splendid architecture and magnificent beauty, mosques are more often than not community centres rather than just places of worship. Replete with typical elements of Islamic architecture, mosques are characterized by the presence of elaborate domes, oranate minarets as well as large prayer halls. On the occasion of Eid al-Fitr aka Ramadan today, here is a look at some stunning mosques of the Middle East.
Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque, Doha
Also referred to as the Qatar State Mosque or the national mosque of Qatar, the Imam Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab Mosque was opened in 2011 in Doha. With as many as 20 entrances including 3 main doors, the mosque has as many as 95 domes. With a striking exterior, the mosque has a design that is a perfect amalgamation of the traditional and the contemporary.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat
Known for its grandeur and resplendence, the Grand mosque is arguably the most famous building that dominates the skyline of Muscat. Decorated with intricate mosaic patterns, one of the most unique features of the mosque is the carpet and the chandelier in the prayer room both of which are one of the largest in the world!
Al Fateh Grand Mosque, Bahrain
The largest place of worship in the country, the Al Fateh Grand Mosque is a key place of tourist interest as well. With a majestic dome atop built entirely of fibreglass, the mosque is a picture of elegance and architectural brilliance with Italian marble flooring, Austrian chandeliers and teak wood doors from India.
Al Noor Mosque, Sharjah
Designed in classic Turkish Ottoman design, the Al Noor mosque is one of the most famous landmarks of Sharjah. With ornamental detailing, the exterior of the mosque has 34 domes built in a cascading fashion and two minarates that are as high as 52 meters. Apart from the delicate floral, geometric and arabesque patterns, the calligraphic inscriptions from the Holy Quran dominate the interiors.