Shah Faisal Moque, Islamabad., Pakistan
One of the places should not be missed during a trip to Islamabad.
One of the largest mosques in the world which can accommodate more than 70,000 people and it is pretty famous in the Muslim world because of its architecture done by a Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay, and fund was provided by Saudi Government and it is named according to the name of the King Faisal.
The work started on it in 1976 and completed in 1986 and interior calligraphy and mosaic work was done of the famous Pakistani artist Gul Jee.
The focal point of the capital of Pakistan and one of the most prominent buildings not only in Islamabad but in Pakistan as well.
Please leave your shoes at the entrance and female travelers should cover the heads with the scarves or shawls and becareful about your clothing before your visit to the mosque.
Faisal mosque is located at the end of Shaharah-e-Islamabad,at one end of the city. It is a focal point of Islamabad with a magnificent backdrop provided by the Margalla Hills. This is an amazing building and well worth seeing. It is huge. Unfortunately we could not go inside due to the end of Ramadan nigh and some religious people were doing a fast in the mosque so we were not to go in. Shoes off before entering the site.
In 1969, an international competition was held in which architects from 17 countries submitted 43 proposals. Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay's design was chosen. Construction of the mosque began in 1976. King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz (Saudi Arabia) provided the funding, and both the mosque and the road leading to it were named after him after his assassination in 1975. The mosque was completed in 1986.
These gardens are very nicely kept and are well situated to take in a wonderful view of Islamabad. It was refreshing to see some order in the designed gardens. Its well worth the visit there. One garden has planted a tree for each president of prime minister who has visited Islamabad.
The mosque is situated at the end of Shaharah-e-Islamabad, against the backdrop of the picturesque Margalla Hills. This placement defines its importance, positioning it on elevated terraced land ensures its visibility during day and night for miles around. The mosque is dedicated to the memory of the late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia who graciously defrayed the cost of the project as a gift to the people of Pakistan.
The mosque at its inception was conceptualized as the national mosque of the newly formed Islamic nation and was intended to symbolize the hopes and aspiration of Pakistan. The Turkish architect, Vedat Dalokay's design was selected through an international competition. It has sloping roofs, an opulent marble face and four towering minarets. The complex also houses the Islamic Research Center, library, museum, lecture hall, cafeteria and the offices of the faculty of the Islamic University.
The most beautiful place i visited was the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad, very peaceful and beautiful
The mosque was so clean and beautiful everyone walked around barefoot, the outside walks were so shiny it was like walking on glass, this is a great place to go and just sit and watch the people or sit and reflect on how beautiful life is