Picturesque Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

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The mosque is named for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the first president of the United Arab Emirates and the founder of the mosque. He is buried in the mausoleum on the grounds here. The grand mosque, one of the few in the world open to non-Muslims is about an hour drive from Dubai. In 2004, the construction work began on one of the biggest and most spectacular mosques in the world: 80 domes covered with white marble, four minarets, which tower 107 metres high above the mosque, over 5600 m² in size, an almost 50 tonne heavy, handmade rug, as well as the largest chandelier in the world, measuring 10 metres in diameter and 15 metres tall. The pillars, floor and the ceiling of the mosque are decorated with the finest paintings, gold and glittering gemstones. Exquisite glass windows provide a shimmering light effect in the rooms. The masterpiece is surrounded by a large pool, which reflects the wonderful colours of the mosque throughout the day and at night, when the building is illuminated.

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Most Impressive Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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The Church of the Holy Wisdom, known as Hagia Sophia is a former Byzantine church and former Ottoman mosque in Istanbul. Now a museum, Hagia Sophia is universally acknowledged as one of the great buildings of the world. It contains two floors centered on a giant nave that has a great dome ceiling, along with smaller domes, towering above. Its wide, flat dome was a daring engineering feat in the 6th century, and architects still marvel at the building’s many innovations. It is the most-visited site in Turkey (3.57 million visitors in 2014).

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Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco

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This phenomenal building is the world’s third-largest mosque designed by architect Michel Pinseau. Hassan II Mosque was built between 1986 and 1993 for the 60th birthday of former Moroccan king Hassan II. The North African country’s largest mosque also claims the world\’s tallest minaret, a 700-foot tower overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. The main volume is 200m long, 100m large, and 65m high structure comprising the prayer room on the ground floor, and the ablution room and a public hammam in the basement, with its own entrance. Inside the mosque, the prayer room occupies 20,000m2. Titanium, bronze, and granite are featured on the exterior facades.

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