Beautiful Mosques

Beautiful and historical mosques around the world


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Modern style La-La Tulpan Mosque designed by Russian architects is located in northern Ufa. It is an original and unique in its design: bright-red pointed roofs with two Tulip shaped minarets can be seen at a far distance.
Lala Tulpan Built in the 1990’s and noteworthy for its unusual, modern architecture, this mosque is regarded as one of Russia’s finest building.

The Saint Petersburg Mosque, when opened in 1913, was the largest mosque in Europe, its minarets attaining 49 meters in height and the impressive dome rising 39 meters high. The mosque is situated in downtown St Petersburg, so its azure dome is perfectly visible from the Trinity Bridge across the Neva. It can accommodate up to five thousand worshippers.

The founding stone was laid in 1910 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the reign of Abdul Ahat Khan in Bukhara. By that time, the Muslim community of the Russian capital exceeded 8,000 people. The projected structure was capable of accommodating most of them. The architect Nikolai Vasilyev patterned the mosque after Gur-e Amir, the tomb of Tamerlane in Samarkand. Its construction was completed by 1921.
The Mosque was closed to worshippers from 1940 to 1956.

Gyok Jami or Masjed-i Kabud

The “Blue Mosque”, also known as the “Gyok Jami” (Masjed-i Kabud), is a mosque in Yerevan, Armenia. It was built in 1766 during the reign of Hussein Ali, the khan of Erivan (and is therefore sometimes referred to as “the mosque of Hussein Ali”). It was the largest of eight functioning mosques in Yerevan when the city was captured by Russia in 1827. The complex consisted of a main prayer room, a library, a medresse with 28 cells, all organised around a courtyard, with the overall complex occupying 7,000 square metres of land. It originally had four 24-metre high minarets – however, three of them were later demolished.

Due to the secularist policies of the Soviet government, religious services at the Blue Mosque were stopped, and in 1931 the building was turned into the Museum of the City of Yerevan.

Erivan blue mosque in olden times

In the second half of the 1990s, the mosque underwent a heavy and aesthetically damaging restoration funded by Iran , and Islamic religious services have now resumed. (read less)