Officially called al-Fateh Mosque, the Grand Mosque of Bahrain is the largest on the island. It is a modern (1990s) construction in a traditional Islamic style. The mosque is open to non-Moslems, but not during prayer time. Visitors must dress modestly (women must wear a head scarf).
The Al Fateh Mosque is Bahrain's largest religious building; a local guide explained the dome on top by the world's largest fibreglass dome. This mosque can accommodate 7000 worshippers at a time. The side buildings are house to the Religious Institute for Islamic Affairs, and an Islamic high school; a big Islamic library should be installed there soon.
This building is overall impressive but the architecture looks a bit pretentious and I prefer to visit tiny desert mosques where I feel much more a spiritual ambience. It is said it can accommodate 7000 worshippers.
The oldest mosque in Bahrain, al-Khamis Mosque, lies just west of the city. It was built in the 8th century and expanded over time. The two minarets were later additions, built sometime between the 13th and 15th centuries. Although the mosque lies in ruins, it recently underwent restoration work to bring it to its current form. It is open to visitors during the day.
Al-Khamis mosque is one of the oldest surviving mosques in the region. The original site and foundations are believed to date back to the late 7th century AD. The mosque underwent a number of re-constructions in the 14th and 15th centuries. Initially only one minaret was constructed. Later another was added. The mosque was used up to the 1960's and has since been partially restored. Historical accounts place this mosque close to a busy market in days gone by. The name 'Al-Khamis' means Thursday, which may have been the market day in this area, hence the name.
The mosque is an example of the simple yet beautiful construction used in mosques for centuries. Kufic Quranic inscriptions can still be seen on its walls.
Although the site is no longer used for worship, out of respect to the site, it is advised to dress modestly.
The Ahmed Al Fateh Mosque (Grand Mosque) is the largest in Bahrain. Construction began in December of 1983 and the mosque was officially opened on June 2, 1988. It covers an area of 150,000 square meters and can accomodate up to 7,000 worshippers. The large dome is 16 meters high and 22 meters wide, and the inside is illuminated by twelve ornate stained glass windows. The two minarets (towers) are each 70 meters tall. The building also houses the Religious Institute for Islamic Affairs. It is named after Shaikh Ahmed Al Fateh, who conquered Bahrain in 1783.
The mosque is open to non-Muslim visitors Saturday to Thursday but only for worshippers on the holy day of Friday. Tour guides are present to provide information and to answer any questions free of charge.
It's considered being one of the oldest relics of Islam in the region, and the foundation are believed to have been laid as early as 692AD. An inscription found on the site, however, suggests a foundation date sometimes during the 11th Century. It has since been rebuilt twice in both 14th & 15th centuries, when the minarets were constructed. The mosque has been partially restored recently.
the Grand Masjid, with its massive 60 ton fibreglass ( to make it cooler during summer time ) dome, was completed last decade on reclaimed land on the seaward side of the Al Fateh Highway. An impressive sight by day, the centre is positively awe-inspiring at night under floodlights.
It can hold up to 7000 worshippers. Five times every day you can hear the call to prayer emanating from the minarets, or towers, summoning the people to pray. The Islamic holy day is Friday. Muslims do not belong to specific parishes instead they go to any mosque which is convenient to them
The twin minarets of this ancient mosque are easily identifiable as you drive along the Sh. Salman Road. It's considered being one of the oldest relics of Islam in the region, and the foundation are believed to have been laid as early as 692AD. An inscription found on the site, however, suggests a foundation date sometimes during the 11th Century. It has since been rebuilt twice in both 14th & 15th centuries, when the minarets were constructed. The mosque has been partially restored recently.
Just driving around downtown, any tourist can not miss the abundant number of mosques. Some beautiful and some that are average, maybe for those at work who just need a place for prayer. By far the most beautiful one that I have seen was the Grand Mosque. Going downtown you can not miss it. Beautiful!
The Khamis mosque, wich is one of the oldest monuments to islam. Now this is not something that will take you all day, expect to spend only 30 minutes there.
It's a mosque and it's old, what more to say.
If you absolutly want to see a mosque from the inside. Go to the Grand mosque in Adliya, wich are impressevely big, and you'll get a free copy of the quran. Actually i think this is the only mosque wich are allowed to be entered by non-muslims. Try to avoid the praying times between 11 am. to 2 pm. and some more later...
Nice decorations, and the guide is a very good story teller. Makes you wanna read the quran
This is the biggest mosque in Bahrain with beautiful Islamic and Arabic architecture. It's gorgeous at night time when the lights are on. Worth to take some photographs from outside or inside.
The beautiful dome of the Grand Mosque is made of fiberglass material ....to make it cooler during summer ...