Amazing Places: Faisal Mosque
King Faisal Mosque located in Islamabad, Pakistan.
In 1966 King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudia Arabia during his visit to Islamabad suggested the mosque to be built. After international competition of architects from 17 countries in 1969, Vedat Dalokay (Egypt) was chosen out of 43 designs submitted by various architects. Vedat Dalokay has also built Islamic Summit Minar in Lahore.
Faisal bin Abdul Aziz of Saudia Arabia
The work for the mosque started in 1976 funded by Saudi government approximating 130 million Saudi riyals. The mosque was finally completed in 1986.
Specialties about the mosque:
It is the largest mosque in the world (Guinness Book of World Records,2002) with area of 5,000 square meters and can accommodate about 300,000 worshippers. Many people claim that Kaaba is the largest mosque, it is the largest shrine and Faisal Mosque is the the largest in the world.
Its relatively unusual design fuses contemporary lines with the more traditional look of an Arab Bedouin's tent, with its large triangular prayer hall and four minarets.
Four minarets have been constructed on each of its four corners with a height of 285ft with another 14ft including the length of the golden crests made of gilded copper.
The chandelier made of gold plated Aluminium gifted by the Muslims artisans of China holds around 1000 electric bulbs and weighs 7.5 tons.
Unlike traditional masjid design, it does not have a dome, and like a tent, the weight of the main prayer hall in the center is supported by the four minarets. The minarets borrow their design from Turkish tradition and are thin pencil like.
The interior of this prayer hall holds a very large chandelier and its walls are decorated with mosaics and calligraphy by the famous Pakistani artist Sadeqain. The mosaic pattern adorns the west wall, and has the 'kalima' writtern in early kufic script, repeated in mirror image pattern.
The main prayer hall is an eight faceted concrete shell representative of a desert tent, supported on four giant concrete girders.The hall can accommodate 10,000 worshippers.
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