The Worlds Most Magnificent Mosques
Shah Faisal Mosque Islamabad Pakistan
This mosque by architectVedat Dalokaywas designed in the form of a Bedouins tent but no desert nomad ever slept under a canvas like this. Pinned at each corner by four needle like minarets that soar 90m, the pyramid shaped prayer hall appears to hover serenely on an elevated plateau overlooking the city. For such a huge structure the mosque is Pakistans largest and can accommodate upwards of 250,000 worshippers the effect is mesmeric, especially at night or during festivals such as Eid, when the illumination is spectacular. The interior is no less impressive, covered in striking white marble and decorated with mosaics and an elaborate Turkish style chandelier.