Whether prevalent in mosques, palaces, tombs or bath houses, Islamic architecture is impossible to miss. Its distinctive style is awash with colorful tiles, plaster work, and marble, as well as exquisitely crafted domes, arches, and pillars.
Discover the architectural jewels of this building style that are spread across Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Arial view of the Federal Territory Mosque in Kuala Lumpur.
Pink Mosque or Nasir-ul-molk Mosque
The in Shiraz is also known as the Pink Mosque, but why?It’s because of the pink color of the tiles and glass used to decorate the interior of the mosque.
The Sultan Ahmed Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque, is decorated with 21,000 ceramic tiles inside.Pendentives that support the dome of the Blue Mosque are painted with stunning decorative designs.
The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is a 7th century shrine, and was the first Islamic building to use the now typical dome.It stands out for its exquisite decoration of blue tiles and niches.The shrine’s original wooden dome was only plated with gold in the 16th century.
The Badshahi Mosque in Lahore is a stunning piece of Mughal architecture that was completed in 1673.
Sheikh Zayed Mosque
Horseshoe arches and pillars set with mother-of-pearl adorn the interiors of the decadent Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Center in Abu Dhabi.The mosque was completed in 2007 and contains many distinctive features of Islamic architecture, such as horseshoe arches and domes.With six minarets and a capacity for 40,000 worshipers, it is the largest mosque in the country.
Mosque of Al Rifai
The Madrasa of Sultan Hassan and the Mosque of Al Rifai in Cairo.
Charminar is both a mosque and a monument located in Hyderabad. The landmark’s name translates as four minarets.”The mosque is located on the top floor.
Hassan II Mosque
The HassanII Msoque has the tallest minaret in the world, standing at 210 m (about 688 ft) tall.Light shines through lattice work in the Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca.Ornate tiles decorate the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca.
This ornate octagonal structure is the Dome of the Treasury, and it was built in the Umayyad Mosque in 789.