Close your eyes and take yourself to the moment right after you’ve completed your prayers and offered your salutations in a mosque. You step out, and there you are, right by the waterfront. The scent of the sea fills your nose, the gentle breeze kisses your skin, and you can’t help but feel grateful as you raise your head to the heavens. Under the open sky and with the mesmerizing blue of the water beneath you, these incredible architectural marvels offer captivating views. Let’s explore these wonders together.
Kota Kinabalu Mosque
One of the most famous waterfront mosques in Malaysia. Construction began in 1992, and it officially opened in 2000. The design is influenced by motifs from the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina. What catches the eye at first glance is its iconic blue and golden dome.
Situated above the Red Sea in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Rahman Mosque combines elements of old and modern architecture. What sets this mosque apart is its modern technology and audio systems.
Built in 2000 in Malaysia, the Crystal Mosque has a surface covered with steel, glass, and crystal. The minarets reflecting in the water are also made of crystal. Moreover, the mosque stands out with its technological infrastructure and wireless internet access.
Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque
This mosque in Brunei stands out with its golden dome. It was built over the Brunei River and situated on the edge of an artificial lagoon. The mosque’s garden and the surrounding diverse vegetation add to its charm.
The first mosque built inside Schwetzingen Castle in Germany. Designed by French architect Nicolas de Pigage, this place of worship is the widest mosque constructed in the oriental style in the country. It is also remarkable as the only 18th-century mosque in Europe that still stands today.
Completed in 1968, the Nur Mosque is the largest mosque in Indonesia. Combining elements of Malay, Turkish, Indian, and Arab architecture, it accommodates up to 4,500 worshippers comfortably. Additionally, it is known for its architectural resemblance to the Taj Mahal.
One of Malaysia’s prominent mosques, this mosque features a striking pink granite dome. It was built with five levels, symbolizing the five pillars of Islam. The mosque section, its balconies, courtyard, classrooms, and event areas can comfortably accommodate 15,000 people.
Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin Mosque
Built alongside the Putrajaya Lake in Malaysia, this mosque is one of the symbols of Malaysia. Opened for worship in 2010, the Zainal Abidin Mosque is also known as the Iron Mosque. Furthermore, the mosque’s garden includes an area for people to pray comfortably on rainy days.
Hassan II Mosque
Situated on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, this mosque is one of Morocco’s landmarks. The mosque is so vast that it allows 25,000 people inside and 80,000 in the courtyard to pray simultaneously. Its minaret, with a length of 210 meters, is the world’s tallest.
Uryanizade Ahmet Esat Efendi Mosque
Our final mosque takes us to Istanbul. Built in Kuzguncuk during the reign of Sultan Abdulhamid II, this mosque is believed to have been completed in just 40 days. With its wooden minaret, this mosque offers visitors peaceful moments, thanks to its atmosphere and the breathtaking view of the Bosphorus.