15 Grandiose Mosques with Marvelous Interiors
Mosques all over the world are characterized by their mesmerizing exterior and interior architectural splendour. Elegantly curved arches and spiralling columns are a characteristic common to almost all the mosques the world over. Adorable stained-glass windows, fantastically decorated domes and the incredibly detailed mosaics are enough to ignite the fire of faith in a true believer. In this post, we have compiled a list of visually spectacular mosques that boast marvelous interiors to make the worshipers feel close to their Mighty Creator.
1 – Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Iran
Located in the historical city of Isfahan, this magnificent mosque does not have a minaret or courtyard. It was constructed in the 17th century by the Iranian King Shah Abbas I and boasts an architecture that is one of a king.
2 – Nasir al Molk Mosque, Iran
Located in the Shiraz, a southern city of Iran, the stained glass windows in the mosque give it an exquisite outlook as the sun beams during the day give rise to stunning light patterns across the impressively embellished vaulting.
3 – Blue Mosque, Turkey
The six minarets of this terrific architectural masterpiece formulate an essential feature of Istanbul’s skyline. The mosque gets its name from the lovely blue coloured tiles and was built during the Ottoman empire’s rule in the early 17th century.
4 – Aya Sofya, Turkey
Located adjacent to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, this mosque is more than 1,000 years older than its peer and is a refreshing blend of gleaming mosaics and inscriptions from the Holy Quran in Arabic.
5 – Blue Mosque, Cairo, Egypt
Similar to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, blue Iznik tiles are a key ingredient of the interior of this fabulous mosque which is another great example of the Ottoman architecture. Trees and vases have been portrayed on the embellished tiles.
6 – Hassan II Mosque, Morocco
Situated in Casablanca, this mosque boasts the world’s tallest minaret which is 210 metres high. Its distinct feature is that the seabed can be viewed through the transparent glass floor. It holds the distinction of being the third largest mosque in the world.
7 – Al Aqsa Mosque
This mosque is the third holiest place in Islam and is located inside the al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary, in the Unesco-listed Old City of Jerusalem.
8 – Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque, Malaysia
Situated in Selangor, this mosque features inscriptions by an Egyptian calligrapher along with stained-glass windows and has the capacity for up to 24,000 worshipers.
9 – Faisal Mosque, Pakistan
This is the world’s fourth largest mosque in the world. It’s eight sided concrete shell takes its inspiration from a bedouin tent and the cubic Ka’aba in the Holy city of Mecca.
10 – Wazir Khan Mosque, Pakistan
Located in Lahore, this mosque is adorned with fresco paintings and tiles embellished with lovely eye-catching colors. The detailed mosaics on the arches are sight to behold.
11 – Badshahi Mosque, Pakistan
This mosque was constructed by the great Mughal emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir in the 17th century with red sandstone and marble.
12 – Jama Masjid, Delhi
This incredible red sandstone and marble mosque, with three domes and two minarets, was built under the rule of another great Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the 15th century and is located in the Indian capital of New Delhi.
13 – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi
This splendid mosque is home to the world’s largest hand-knotted carpet which was crafted by 1,200 artisans, and a 12-tonne crystal chandelier.
14 – Masjid Sultan Qaboos, Oman
Courtyards, vaultings and arcades are the distinct feature of this spectacular architectural wonder. The carpet used in the prayer hall was hand-knitted by about 600 women and it took them four years to do so.
15 – Great Mosque of Herat, Afghanistan
This superb mosque dates back to 1200 AD and is situated in Herat, a north-western city of Afghanistan.