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10 Most Beautiful Mosques In Africa And The World

A Mosque is a Holy place for worship for all the followers of Islam. Some of the most beautiful mosques in the world are excellent examples of exemplary Islam architecture of Islam.  The mosques or masjids are all over the world due to the spread of the Islamic empire. Islam reached parts of Europe and Africa and left significant influences on their cultures.

Below are ten of the world’s most beautiful mosques from various countries around the world.  The impressive structures will leave you breathless.  The architecture and the design of these monuments are unique and are a mix of Islam and other cultures.

List of The Beautiful Mosques In The World

1. Al Haram Mosque – Mecca Saudi Arabia
2. Al-Masjid an-Nabawi – Medina Saudi Arabia
3. Al Aqsa Mosque – Jerusalem Palestine
4. Hassan II Mosque Morocco
5. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque Brunei
6. Zahir Mosque – Kedah Malaysia
7. Faisal Mosque Islamabad Pakistan
8. Taj ul Mosque – Bhopal India
9. Badshahi Mosque of Lahore Pakistan
10. Sultan Mosque Singapore

1. Al Haram Mosque – Mecca, Saudi Arabia

According to the Qur’an, this was the first house built to worship Allah. It surrounds one of Islam’s holiest places, the Kaaba. The mosque is the largest and greatest Mosque in the world. The current structure can accommodate up to 4 million worshippers during the Hajj, an annual pilgrimage Muslims make.  It covers an area of 400,800 square meters, including outdoor and indoor praying spaces.

2. Al-Masjid an-Nabawi – Medina, Saudi Arabia

The Prophet Mohammad built the Al Nabawi Mosque, also known as the Prophet’s Mosque in the city of Medina. The second most beautiful mosques in the world, also one of the biggest mosques after the al-Haram mosque in Mecca. The Green Dome is an important area of this mosque because it is where the tomb of the Prophet Mohammad is built.  The dome was initially green hence the name the Green Dome.

3. Al Aqsa Mosque – Jerusalem, Palestine

Al-Aqsa Mosque is an Islamic shrine and the third holiest site in Islam in the Old City of Jerusalem. It is also part of Al-Haram ash-Sharif or “Sacred Noble Sanctuary.  Muslims believe that the Prophet Mohammad was transported from the Sacred Mosque in Mecca to the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the Night Journey. It is stated that Prophet Mohammad led prayers towards Al-Aqsa Mosque until Allah ordered him to turn to the Kaaba.

4. Hassan II Mosque – Morocco

The Grande Mosquée Hassan II is in Casablanca, Morocco and was completed in 1993. It is the largest mosque in Morocco and the 7th largest in the world.  The minaret is the tallest at 210 meters.  It is 60 stories with a laser light directed towards Mecca. It stands on a promontory facing the Atlantic Ocean.

The seabed can be seen through the glass floor of the hall of the building. The walls are of made hand-crafted marble, and the roof is retractable end its one of the most beautiful mosques in the world.


5. Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque – Brunei

Most Beautiful Mosques In The World

It is a royal Islamic Masjid located in Bandar Seri Begawan. The landmark mosque is considered one of the world’s most beautiful mosques is a major tourist attraction of Brunei. The mosque completed in 1958 is built in an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River.

It is adorned with marble minarets and golden domes.  The courtyards and lush gardens are full of fountains. The mosque is surrounded by several trees and floral gardens which in Islam symbolizes heaven. The architecture of the mosque unites Mughal and Italian designs.

6. Zahir Mosque – Kedah, Malaysia

The state mosques of Kedah’s state is in the heart of Alor Star, Malaysia. It was built in 1912 and is one of the grandest and oldest mosques in Malaysia.  It was founded with five large domes that signify the five most important principles of Islam. Malaysia’s Quran reading competition is held every year in the premises of the mosque. It has been voted as one of the beautiful mosques in the world.

7. Faisal Mosque Islamabad – Pakistan

The Faisal Mosque is the biggest mosque in the southeast and southern Asia and the fourth largest mosque in the world. From 1986 to 1994, it was the biggest mosque in the world before being defeated by measure at the completion of the Mosque of Hassan II in Morocco and after the expansion of Masjid Al-Haram of Mecca and the Al-Masjid Al-Nabawi Mosque in Saudi Arabia in the 1990s. Faisal Mosque has been voted among the world’s most beautiful mosques.

8. Taj ul Mosque – Bhopal, India

Taj-ul-Masjid means “The Crown of Mosques” is in India. The mosque has a pink facade topped by two 18-storey high octagonal minarets with marble domes.

With three massive domes, an impressive hallway with impressive pillars and marble flooring resembling Mughal architecture it is a spectacular sight.  With has a double-storeyed gateway that has four recessed archways and nine cusped multifold openings in the mosque’s main prayer hall.

9. Badshahi Mosque of Lahore – Pakistan

The foundation of the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore was laid in 1671 and completed in 1673.   It epitomizes the beauty, passion, and grandeur of the Mughal era, and is Lahore’s most famous landmark and a major tourist attraction. It is currently the fifth largest in the world and remained the largest mosque in the world for 313 years.

10. Sultan Mosque, Singapore

The last on the ranking of the world’s most attractive mosques is the Sultan Mosque. The mosque in Singapore is considered one of the most famous mosques in the nation. The mosque has remained unchanged since it was built. Only a few improvements were made to the main hall in 1960.  In 1993 an annex was also added. On March 14th, 1975, it became Singapore’s national monument.


There are so many beautiful mosques in the world that people travel to see.  Some of the mosques have been set as national monuments of their respective nations. These mosques look stunning from the outside, and if you have entered some of them, then you would know that they are breath-taking.  If you are touring in any of the nations, visiting any of these mosques should be on your to-do list.


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