Have you ever noticed that mosques are among the most beautiful architectural constructions on the planet? Actually, there are many buildings religious (cathedrals, mosques, synagogues ...) that stand out for their beauty and, of course, for the architectural and historical legacy that they have left to humanity.
As we usually talk to you about typical religious buildings on the European continent (Gothic, Baroque buildings ...), today we want to focus on Muslim culture. So, next we are going to present you some of the mosques which, from our point of view, are among the most beautiful on the planet. Do you want to join us? I assure you will not regret!
Hagia Sophia Basilica
First of all, we want to talk about the beautiful Basilica of Santa Sofía, located in Istanbul, Turkey. Built between 532 and 537, it is one of the most important works of Byzantine art, as well as being the symbol of the city. And although at the beginning of the 13th century it was the Pope's church, in the middle of the 15th century it was converted into a mosque by the Ottoman Empire, which provided the church with four minarets, a public dining room and a theological school. Since 1935 Hagia Sophia has been a museum. You will be amazed by both its exteriors and its overwhelming interior.
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan Grand Mosque
Another mosque that we want to show you is the so-called Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan Grand Mosque, located in Abu dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. As you can imagine when you see the image, it is one of the largest and most impressive mosques in the world. The mosque was named after Sheikh Zayed, considered the father of the United Arab Emirates. Construction began in 1998 but was not completed until 2007, when three years had passed since the death of this great leader. In fact, outside the Great Hall is his tomb.
The Shah's Mosque
Located in Isfahan, the Shah's Mosque is located in one of the largest squares on the planet. Built in the 17th century, this temple is covered internally and externally with tiles blue and yellows. What is most surprising is that depending on how the light gives it, its color seems different.
Nor can we forget Djenné, an impressive mosque located in the center of Mali, one of the oldest sub-Saharan cities. It is the largest brick building in Africa, in addition to one of the greatest achievements of architecture in the entire continent. Of course, it must be borne in mind that it is quite modern, since its construction ended in the first decade of the 20th century. As you can see in the images, it has a regular and homogeneous appearance, characteristics that mud bricks give it. The building was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988.
We also want to tell you about the Malaysian Crystal Mosque, which is considered the symbol of Islamic modernization in the country. Completed in 2006, it is located in Kuala Terengganu, specifically in the Wan Man Island Islamic Heritage Park. It is built of glass and metal, materials in which the light reflects giving a truly magical appearance.
The Golden Mosque
Finally, we want to tell you about the Kubah Mas temple, better known as the Golden Dome mosque. Launched in 2001 in Depok, Indonesia, it stands out for its Italian granite floors, glass lamps and, of course, for its domes. gold, which are 24 carats.
The 10 Most Beautiful Mosques in the World (August 2020)