Pakistan Most Beautiful Mosque Faisal Mosque
Pakistan Most Beautiful Mosque Faisal Mosque. The largest Mosque in Pakistan is the Faisal Mosque which is located in Islamabad the national capital city of Pakistan. It was completed in the year of 1986 and designed by Vedat Dalokay a Turkish architect. It is shaped like a desert Bedouin’s tent. Through out the world it is an iconic symbol of Islamabad. At the north end of Faisal Avenue it is located and this Avenue put it at the northern most end of the city and at the foot of Margalla Hills, the western most foothills of the Himalayas. It’s location is very important because it allows people to see this Mosque from many miles around day and night. Faisal Mosque is named after the late king of Saudi Arabia the shah Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz who supported morally and financed this Largest Mosque project. This project was started in 1966 it was the time when shah Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz visited Pakistan and supported the government of Pakistan to start the project to build the largest Mosque of Pakistan in Islamabad. An international competition was held to get the best design for this Mosque. In this competition, architects submitted 43 proposals from 17 countries and then the design of Vedat Dalokay from Turkey was selected. The construction begins in 1976, led by Azim Khan under National Construction of Pakistan. The total cost over this mosque is 130 million Saudi riyals (approximately 120 million US Dollars today). This Mosque was completed in 1986.
This Mosque is also used as a International Islamic University. This Mosque has the capacity of 74,000 people within the main areas and approximately 200,000 in adjoining grounds. Its Interior area is 5000 m2. It has four minarets and the height of each minaret is 90 m which is 300 ft. The Faisal Mosque is also known as the National Mosque of Pakistan. The Faisal Mosque is the largest mosque in Pakistan. Not only in Pakistan but also in the world it was the largest mosque from the year 1986 until 1993. Then after 1993 it was overtaken by the newly completed Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco.
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