Any individual that’s had the benefit of traveling in a Muslim-majority country like Azerbaijan or Tunisia can inform you concerning just how stunning Islamic architecture around the globe can be. Whether you’re exploring the renowned Blue Mosque in Istanbul or the much less visited Blue Mosque in Yerevan, entering a mosque for a non-Muslim is both academic and also spiritual. Below are a few of one of the most stunning mosques on the planet, with traveling tales and also coming with the images of mosques to help you prepare which ones you intend to visit.
When folks consider Islamic nations, most thing initially of the Center East. However, Central and Southeast Asia have some of one of the most incredible mosques in the world. When folks consider Islamic nations, most thing initially of the Center East. However, Central and Southeast Asia have some of one of the most incredible mosques in the world.
Turkmenbashy Mosque in Turkmenistan.
This mosque, around 10 kilometers outside Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan, is Central Asia’s largest. It’s a spectacular building with a vast golden cupola that’s some 50 meters in diameter and also 4 turrets. It is feasible to fit 10,000 worshippers inside (as well as the within is stunning as well). There are interlacing stars made from cherry timber and columns of marble with a marvelous handwoven rug.
This is the Turkmenbashy Mosque, constructed by Turkmenistan’s initial authoritarian in honor of his mommy, although he’s not interred beside her in the mausoleum right here. It’s relatively new, constructed in 2002-2004.
Mosque wall surfaces are typically enhanced with suras from the Koran. This mosque has that as well as expressions from the Rukhnama, a book on spirituality and also principles created by Turkmenbashy. This doesn’t agree with numerous Muslims and so you’ll locate the mosque deserted a lot of the moment.
That said, it’s an one-of-a-kind structure and should you be visiting Ashgabat it’s well worth putting in the time to come out below and also see it for yourself.
Ubudiah Mosque in Malaysia.
Throughout my month in Malaysia, I made a 2-day detour to the city of Kuala Kangsar, totally to see the extraordinary Ubudiah Mosque. It was so worth it. This gorgeous mosque in brilliant white and gold is, if anything, even more impressive than the images. Inside, it’s modern and also much less luxuriant, except for an enormous crystal chandelier that sparkles from the high ceiling sholat hajat.
There’s a fun story concerning this mosque: the legend goes that while it was being constructed in the very early 1900s, building had to be stopped when two fighting elephants that came from Sultan Idris and Raja Chulan harmed the imported Italian marble.
Fortunately is, you do not actually require to remain in Kuala Kangsar to see this remarkable mosque. Kuala Kangsar is a very easy half-day trip on the train from several preferred cities in the region of Perak– it’s 30 minutes far from Ipoh. I ‘d certainly suggest making a trip.