Driving towards Faisal Mosque…


2 Comments so far

  1. Khurrum (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 2:56 am

    Thanks for posting the picture :)

  2. ghalia aymen (unregistered) on June 23rd, 2006 @ 1:38 pm

    The impetus for the mosque began in 1966. In 1969, an international competition was held in which architects from 17 countries submitted 43 proposals. After four days of deliberation, Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay’s design was chosen. Many conservative Muslims criticized the design at first for its non-conventional design and absence of the traditional arches and dome, but virtually all criticism was eventually silenced by the mosque’s awe-inspiring scale, form, and setting against the Margalla Hills upon completion.

    The mosque has an area of 5,000 square meters and can hold over 70,000 worshippers, including those outside. It is one of the largest mosques in the world and the largest in the subcontinent.

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