Mosques usually have elaborate domes, minarets and prayer halls, in different styles of architecture.
Here is a brief overview of the top 10 most beautiful mosques in the world.
1) Crystal Mosque, Kuala Terengganu (Malaysia)
Also known as Masjid Kristal, this mosque is made of steel, crystal and glass. This grand structure is located at Islamic Heritage Park on the Island of Wan Man. It can easily accommodate 1,500 worshippers.
2) Qolsharif Mosque, Kazan Kremlin (Russia)
Qolsarif is regarded as one of the most important symbols of Tatar aspirations. Nowadays the mosque serves as a museum of Islam. It has one dome and four minarets. Many people gather in the mosque to pray during Islamic festivals. It is reportedly the largest mosque in Russia, and in Europe.
3) Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi (UAE)
This grand mosque is the largest in the United Arab Emirates. Artisans from many nations like Italy, China, Morocco, Germany, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Turkey, the UK, Iran, Greece, UAE and New Zealand have worked on this beautiful structure.
4) Mashkhur Jusup Central Mosque, Pavlodar (Kazakhstan)
The architecture of this beautiful mosque is famous for its similarity in appearance to the Star Wars film character Darth Vader. It can comfortably accommodate 1,500 people (1,200 and 300 people in two prayer halls). It is adorned with 8-axis star, a dome and four minarets.
5) The Blue Mosque, Istanbul (Turkey)
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of the interiors. It has one main dome, six minarets and eight secondary domes. It is a historic mosque in Istanbul. Its Kulliye contains a madrasah, a hospice and the tomb of its founder. It took nearly seven years to build this mosque.
6) Al Haram Mosque, Mecca (Saudi Arabia)
Known as Al-Masjid Al-Haram and Masjidil Haram, this beautiful mosque is the largest mosque in the world. It surrounds the Kaaba, one of Islam’s holiest places. Muslims face the direction of the Kaaba while performing Salat. The structure covers an area of 88.2 acres and can accommodate up to two million worshippers.
7) Faisal Mosque, Islamabad (Pakistan)
This beautiful mosque is shaped like a desert Bedouin’s tent. Its architecture is modern and unique. It has a large triangular prayer hall and four minarets. The minarets are thin and pencil-like and are inspired by Turkish architecture. It was built in 1986.
8) Suleymaniye Mosque, Istanbul (Turkey)
This Ottoman Imperial mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul. It is preceded by a monumental courtyard on its west side. The courtyard is of exceptional grandeur, with columns of granite, marble and porphyry.
9) Bursa Grand Mosque, Bursa (Turkey)
Also known as Ulu Cami, this mosque is in Seljuk style. It has 20 domes and two minarets. It is the largest mosque in Bursa. The structure is a landmark of early Ottoman architecture. It has a large rectangular building.
10) Nusrat Jahan Mosque, Copenhagen (Denmark)
This unique structure was built in Hvidovre, a Copenhagen suburb, in the year 1967. Adherents of the Ahmadiyya faith use this beautiful mosque.