Architectural Wonders – The Faisal Mosque

The Faisal Mosque is the largest mosque in Pakistan, located in the national capital city of Islamabad. Completed in 1986, it was designed by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay to be shaped like a desert Bedouin's tent. It is situated at the north end of Faisal Avenue, putting it at the northernmost end of the city and at the foot of Margalla Hills, the westernmost foothills of the Himalayas. It is located on an elevated area of land against a picturesque backdrop of the Margalla Hills. This enviable location represents the mosque's great importance and allows it to be seen from miles around day and night. The Faisal Mosque is conceived as the National Mosque of Pakistan and named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who supported and financed the project.[2] It is the largest mosque in South Asia and one of the largest mosques in the world. The Faisal Mosque was the largest mosque in the world from 1986 until 1993, when it was overtaken in size upon the completion of the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. Subsequent expansions of the Masjid al-Haram (Grand Mosque) of Mecca and the Al-Masjid al-Nabawi (Prophet's Mosque) in Medina, Saudi Arabia during the 1990s relegated Faisal Mosque to fourth place in terms of size. World News Asia Europe England Germany Canada China Pakistan India Australia States Syria Iran Iraq Arab Middle East Africa France Nations Russia Kingdom Spain Brazil Japan United Mexico Libya European Sweden International London Turkey Korea United Nations Greece Belgium Denmark Ireland Norway Holland Malaysia Indonesia Switzerland South States America Egypt Netherlands Army Military Lanka Force Navy Air Marines Soldiers Forces Conflict War Sports Cricket Football CNN BBC Sky