TOP 10 LARGEST MOSQUES IN THE WORLD
10. The Holy Mosque of Delhi
The capacity of 25 thousand people.
In the 10th place among the largest mosques in the world is the Cathedral Mosque of Delhi, or Jami Masjid. The erection of the building began during the reign of Shah Jahan I, the padishah of the Mughal empire.
9. Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The capacity of 40 thousand people.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque (United Arab Emirates) ranks 9th among the largest mosques in the world. It is famous not only for its size but also for its stunning beauty. It is one of the main adornments of the city of Abu Dhabi. At the same time, there may be about 40 thousand people in it.
8. The Mosque of Al-Saleh
The capacity of 44 thousand people.
Eighth place among the largest mosques in the world belongs to Al-Saleh Mosque, a station in Yemen. The official opening of the main attraction of the country took place in 2008.
7. Badshahi Mosque
The capacity of 60 thousand people.
Badshahi Mosque, located in the Pakistani city of Lahore, ranks 7th in the list of the largest religious structures in the Muslim world. It was built in the middle of the XVII century on the orders of the last ruler of the Great Mogul dynasty. At the same time in the mosque can be up to 60 thousand people.
6. Imam Reza Mausoleum
The capacity of 100 thousand people
The sixth place among the largest mosques in the world is the architectural and religious complex of Imam Reza’s mausoleum. It is located in Iran, in the city of Mashhad. It includes the imam’s tomb, as well as other tombs of revered religious figures of Islam, a mosque, a cemetery, a library, and a museum. The mausoleum is the main tourist attraction of Iran, which annually visits up to 20 million visitors.
5. Hassan II Mosque
The capacity of 105 thousand people.
The Hassan II mosque is in 5th place among the largest religious constructions in the Muslim world. Located in the city of Casablanca, the Hassan Mosque is striking not only for its huge size but also for its beauty — a magnificent view of the Atlantic Ocean from the huge glass hall of the temple. The mosque holds 105 thousand of people. The area of the temple is about 9 hectares. An interesting fact: all 800 million dollars spent on building a mosque are voluntary donations.
4. The Mosque of Independence
The capacity of 120 thousand people.
The Independence Mosque or Istiklal, located in Indonesia in the city of Jakarta, ranks 4th among the largest mosques in the world. When the country gained independence in 1949, this great event was decided to perpetuate the construction of the largest religious structure in South-East Asia. The construction of the mosque began in 1961. The temple hosts about 120 thousand visitors at the same time. The area of the mosque is 10 hectares.
3. The Faisal Mosque
Capacity 300 thousand people.
The third place among the largest mosques in the world belongs to the Faisal mosque, located in Islamabad. Its construction was financed by the government of Saudi Arabia. The building of the mosque is located in a picturesque area.
It is noteworthy that its design is very different from the traditional architecture of Muslim temples. Most of all in appearance the building resembles the tent of a Bedouin nomad. The design to dream during its erection caused great dissatisfaction, but after the construction was over, critics admitted that they were wrong. The Faisal mosque accommodates about 300 thousand people. The area of the mosque is 5 thousand square meters.
2. The Prophet’s Mosque
The capacity of 1 million people
The second largest and most important for believers is the mosque in the world in Medina. This is the Mosque of the Prophet or Masjid al-Nabawi. It is commonly believed that the construction of the temple began in 622, and the Prophet Muhammad himself participated in it.
He was buried under the Green Dome. At the usual time, the mosque of the prophet holds about 600 thousand people. During the pilgrimage, it can accommodate up to 1 million believers. The area of the mosque is about 400 thousand square meters.
1. Al-Haram Mosque
The capacity of 2 million people
In the first place among the largest mosques in the world is the Forbidden Mosque, otherwise called Al-Haram. Named as it is forbidden to fight in its vicinity and thus referenced as “Forbidden”. It is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Here is the main value of the Muslim world — Kaaba. According to legend, the first builders of this relic were heavenly angels.
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