When it comes to Islamic architecture, we all bask in the touch of the guilty pleasure that pertains to the examination of the height of minarets. Most of the minarets that we are going to rank today pertain to massive mosques that are also worthy of the attention of all tourists. So, without further ado, let’s hop right into the deep water!
7. Sabancı Central Mosque:
Built by the architect Necip Dinç between the years 1988 and 1998, the Sabancı Central Mosque adheres to the Neo-Ottoman architectural style. With a massive capacity to hold 28,500 people, it is largest mosque in Turkey (found in Adana). But what’s most imposing about it is its set of six minarets, each reaching a maximum height of 99 metres. The dome of the minaret, thus, is outrun by 45 metres (for it only soars at 54 metres). If you find yourself in Adana, do not leave this architectural masterpiece out!
6. Al-Masjid an-Nabawi:
Also known as the Prophet’s Mosque, the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi was built by the Islamic Prophet Muhammad in the year 622. Able to accommodate more than 600,000 worshippers, the Medina-based (Saudi Arabia) mosque adheres to a fine blend between classical and contemporary architectural styles (Islamic, Ottoman, and Mamluk Revivalist). What’s interesting about the mosque itself is that it is the second-largest one in the world (beaten only by Mecca’s celebrated Masjid al-Haram). Boasting with a staggering number of 10 minarets, the maximum height reached by them is 105 metres. We are happy to give the sixth place to such a historically-significant and gorgeous edifice.
5. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque:
From Saudi Arabia, we hop all the way to the United Arab Emirates – to Abu Dhabi. Its Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is considered one of the most important worship sites in the country. With a total capacity of over 41,000 it is a relatively new mosque (finished in the year 2007). What’s interesting to know about it is that its dome reaches a height of 82 metres. It, of course, could not outrun the grandeur of its 4 minarets soaring at 107 metres.
4. Putra Mosque:
You might not have expected Malaysia to enter the competition but lo and behold, its Putra Mosque has a single minaret that outruns those of all previous contestants. Soaring at a height of 116 metres, the minaret even outruns the outer dome that is 50 metres tall (you might also be amazed by the fact that it has a total of 9 domes). With a capacity to accommodate 15,000 worshippers at any given time, it most indubitably is the pride of Putrajaya.
3. Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque:
Located deep within the heart of Shah Alam (Malaysia), the celebrated Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque takes the third place with its 4 minarets reaching a height of 142.3 metres. With a capacity of 24,000, the mosque is also one of those that have domes reaching for the sky (its precise dome height is 106.7 metres). Adhering to the Islamic architectural style, the mosque was designed and built by the architect Dato Baharuddin Abu Kassim.
2. Hassan II Mosque:
Morocco enters the competition with its Casablanca-based Hassan II Mosque, the largest one in the country. Designed by the French architect Michel Pinseau, the edifice adhere to a fine blend between the Arab-Andalusian and Moorish architectural styles. Built between 1986 and 1993, the mosque is able to accommodate a staggering number of 105,000 worshippers. It has only one minaret but you are going to have your jaws dropped when you take a look at its height (210 metres). What’s interesting about this minaret in particular is that it has a laser coming out of it that is directed towards Mecca. Know that the Hassan II Mosque is currently the tallest completed mosque in the world but not for long for our next contestant will outrun it in 2017.
1. Great Mosque of Algiers:
As we have mentioned above, Algeria’s Great Mosque of Algiers is still a work in progress. However, when it is be finished, it will feature the tallest minaret in the world soaring at an awe-inspiring height of 265 metres. The edifice will be able to accommodate 120,000 people and it will be one of the most prominent landmarks of the country. Let us wait and see together!
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