The Beautiful Faisal Mosque in Islamabad
The beautiful, white, magical, breath-taking and jaw dropping- Faisal Mosque is the largest mosque of Pakistan that draws the attention of hundreds of all those people who grab cheap flights to Islamabad. This awe-inspiring and marvelous masterpiece is designed by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay who completed it in 1986 and provided it the shape of a desert Bedouin’s tent. The mosque is well settled in the northern part of the Faisal Avenue, at the foot of Margalla Hills and also touches the foothills of the Himalayas.
The mosque is perched on an elevated area, and the picturesque backdrop of the Margalla Hills leaves all those people in awe who search cheap flights to Islamabad. It is one of the most notable landmarks of Pakistan that has been named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia and is conceived as the National Mosque of the country. The mosque is also very famous for being the largest mosque of South Asia and it was also known to be the largest mosque of this planet between the time period of 1986 and 1993.
The architect was also awarded with the the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The architecture is just mind blowing- it’s unique and modern, lacking the traditional arches and domes as featured by plenty of mosques all around the world. Merging the traditional look of an Arab Bedouin’s tent with the contemporary lines , this mosque is a rare epitome of South Asian Islamic architecture that features a four minarets and a large triangular prayer hall. There is no dome and the minarets are pencil like thin ( inspired from the Turkish tradition).
The overall design has been inspired by the cubic Kaaba in Mecca and a desert Beduoin’s tent and it stands like an eight-sided concrete shell. The visitors can enter here from the eastern side of the mosque and the prayer hall is fronted by a courtyard that features porticoes. One of the most famous universities of Pakistan, the International Islamic University was also houses here but now it has been shifted to a new place.
It still houses a café, museum, lecture hall and a library. The interior is ornamented with calligraphy, mosaics and white marble and you will also be inspired by the awesome work of popular Pakistani artist Sadequain. The spectacular Turkish-style chandelier is another breath-taking highlight of this mosque that would definitely tempt you. The western wall is adorned with a mosaic pattern, and it is also beautified with the kalimah that is written in Kufic script.
The mosque covers the land area of more than 5,000 meters square and it can easily accommodate 10,000 worshipers at a single time in the major prayer hall. Besides, the mosque also offers space to almost 200,000 in its adjoining grounds, 40,000 in its courtyard and 24,000 in its porticoes. Apart from these few attractive highlights, there are many other amazing elements that will cast a spell on you. The people who capture cheap flights to Islamabad from UK also love to come here.
“I tried to capture the spirit, proportion and geometry of Kaaba in a purely abstract manner. Imagine the apex of each of the four minaret as a scaled explosion of four highest corners of Kaaba – thus an unseen Kaaba form is bounded by the minarets at the four corners in a proportion of height to base. Shah Faisal Mosque akin to Kaaba.
Now, if you join the apex of each minaret to the base of the minaret diagonally opposite to it correspondingly, a four-sided pyramid shall be bound by these lines at the base side within that invisible cube. That lower level pyramid is treated as a solid body while four minarets with their apex complete the imaginary cube of Kaaba” , the architect said.