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Top 5 Largest Mosques in Pakistan

Top 5 Largest Mosques in Pakistan

By Noor Tariq

Pakistan holds some of the most beautiful modern and historic mosques, owing to its rich history and culture. These mosques are not just structures of religious importance, but they are also antiquities of great significance.

 

Let’s have a look at the 5 largest mosques in Pakistan.

 

Grand Jamia Mosque, Lahore

Built in 2014, this mosque is a relatively newer addition to the mosques of Pakistan. It has already become a major tourist attraction for many. The Grand Jamias main hall, and the courtyard adjacent to it, can hold almost 1 lac people at once, making it the seventh largest mosque in the world.

An art gallery and a religious school can also be found in the establishment.

The architecture consists of a 40 feet tall dome, which adds to the grandeur of the mosque. 20 smaller domes and four 165 meter tall minarets border the structure. The artwork inside the mosque has been inspired by the Persian, Arabic, Central Asian and Turkish heritage.

The Grand Jamia is the perfect combination of modern architecture and conventional design.

Faisal Masjid, Islamabad

Known as the National Mosque of Pakistan, Faisal Masjid is the fourth largest mosque in the world. It receives a great number of tourists every year, who leave mesmerised by its beauty. Unlike most mosques, Faisal Masjid does not have a dome. It however, has four minarets surrounding it, along with a huge fountain at the entrance, and a spacious courtyard made of marble. The entire mosque can hold up to 3 lac people at once. Both the interior and exterior of the mosque is heavily inspired by Turkish architecture, since it was designed by Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay.

 

Badshahi Mosque, Lahore

Not just a religious place of worship, Badshahi Masjid is also a historic monument of utmost importance. It was built during the era of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, and is known to be the second largest mosque in Pakistan. Right next to the mosque is Lahore Fort, connected to it by the Alamgiri Gate. Both these historic monuments receive thousands of visitors ever year, making them one of the biggest attractions of Lahore. The mosque is of course, a true depiction of Mughal architecture. The prayer hall has four minarets surrounding it, while there are four other minarets on every corner of the courtyard. The most has the capacity to hold 1 lac visitors simultaneously.

 

Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatta

Given as a gift to the people of Sindh for their hospitality, this mosque was built in 1647 during the rule of Mughal King, Shah Jahan. The mosque is a beautiful combination of red bricks and blue tiles, with 93 domes built within the premises. However, unlike most mosques, the Shah Jahan has no minarets. Special attention was paid to acoustics while building the structure. Someone speaking on one end of the dome could easily be heard from the other end, given his speech exceeds 100 decibels. The mosque can hold upto 20,000 people at one time.

 

Masjid-e-Tooba, Karachi

Masjid-e-Tooba is known to be the largest single dome mosque in the world, established in 1969. The gigantic dome is 5148 feet tall and 212 feet wide, with only one tall minaret, ranging 128 feet. It’s exterior is built with pure white marble, while the interior is an amalgamation of glass mirrors and black onyx stone, known for its properties of protection. The whole entire mosque can hold up to 30,000 people at a time.