Mosque is the holy place of worship in the religion of Islam. Over the course of time, as the Muslim empire expanded, mosques gained a little more importance than that. Each emperor would spend enormous amount of money on creating mosques that were architectural wonders of the time (and even considered some of the most beautiful work of architecture to date) and these mosques were built all around the empire. They have gained enormous importance in the Muslim culture and are a symbol of their cultural heritage. Today we have compiled a list of 10 largest mosques in the world below:
10. Baitul Mukarram
The majestic mosque located in Decca, Bangladesh is the 10th largest mosque in the world. It is built over an area of 21000 square meters with the accommodation of 40,000 worshipers. The architectural design is an amalgam of the traditional mosque and some new modern features. It was constructed in 1968.
9. Jamia Mosque
Built in the Muslim era of the subcontinent by the famous emperor Shah Jahan, the mosque was constructed at a cost of a whopping 10 Million rupees. It is located in Delhi, and as the name suggests in the Central Mosque of the city. It is 80m high and can accommodate an approximate of 25000 worshippers.
8. Sheikh Zahid Mosque
Named after the President of United Arab Emirates Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and located in the capital of UAE, Abu Dhabi, the mosque is the 8th largest mosque in the world. Spread over an area of 22,000 square meters and an accommodation for approximately 40,000 worshipers, it is a highly spacious design.
It was designed with inspiration from Mughal architecture and boasts plenty of unique features of its own with a total construction cost of $545 Million USD.
7. Badshahi Mosque
Famously known as the “Royal Mosque” among tourists, constructed during the era of emperor Aurenzeb, Badshahi Mosque is a perfect epitome of the Mughal culture with tourist visiting from all corners of the world.
The mosque spreads over 29867.2 meter sq and can wrap in an approximate of 5000 worshipers. It can be rightly said that Badshahi Mosque is counted in one of the greatest holy places of the world.
6. Faisal Mosque
Every mosque or holy shrines are renowned for depicting ancient cultural values. I have already discussed some of them in the post already, but when it comes to a model of contemporary architecture, Faisal Mosque serves as a beautiful example.
It was designed by a Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay and was completed in 1986 during the reign of General Zia. It covers an area of approximate 43295.8 meter sq. having capacity to handle 300,000 worshipers.What adds to the beauty of the mosque is the perfect location in the north of the capital city Islamabad – Pakistan, just beside the Margalla Hills.