Putra Mosque, Putrajaya, Malaysia
Located in the new city of Putrajaya, Putra Mosque is named after the country’s first Prime Minister, Almarhum Tunku Abdul Rahman Al Haj. Taking two years to build, the mosque is a fusion of Middle Eastern and Malay architecture, which results in its striking design. Three quarters of the desert pink mosque floats on Putrajaya Lake, and the fusion of water and stone results in a remarkable contrast.
Mohammad Al Baqer Mosque, Kuwait
Although this looks like one of the beautiful mosques in Iran, the photo was actually taken in Kuwait. Abstract decorations are an important part of Islamic art and architecture. Curved and often interlacing lines and the use of brilliant colours characterise many of the finest examples of Islamic work. This abstraction eschews the realistic representation of humans and animals and the floral designs are extremely distant from the original models.
Nasir Al Mulik Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
I went to Shiraz to see Persepolis, but after I left I kept seeing pictures of a mosque with wonderful stained-glass windows. When I visited on a Saturday morning, the carpets were still on the floor from Friday prayers. The light streams through the glass beautifully and illuminates the intricate ceiling.
Sultan Qaboos Grand Complex Mosque, Muscat, Oman
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque took six years to build and covers an area of more than 416,000 square metres. In keeping with Omani tradition the mosque is constructed on a raised podium. It can accommodate more than 20,000 worshippers and is adorned with ceramic floral patterns, which are set in framed mural panels. The ceilings are inspired by traditional Omani forts and the mihrab in the main prayer hall is framed by a border of Quranic verses. The dome is made of a series of engraved stained glass triangles within a framework of marble columns, and a Swarovski crystal chandelier with a gold-plated metalwork 14-metres long. A major feature of the main prayer hall is the hand-made Persian carpet weighing 21 tonnes which was made by 600 female weavers over a period of four years.
The Floating Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
The Floating Mosque in Jeddah is one of the most loved and visited sightseeing spots in the western Saudi city of Jeddah. Its mix of modern and ancient design and its location, jutting out into the Red Sea, has seen it become something of a tourist attraction. The beaches that surround it are popular with local families and the mosque’s closeness to the water gives the impression that the mosque is floating on the Red Sea.