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Old August 2nd, 2015, 08:23 PM   #1
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World’s Most Beautiful Mosques

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The Two Moroccan mosques Grand Hassan II Mosque and Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech were ranked the 7th and the 25th by the Telegraph.

CAIRO – Celebrating the Islamic architecture, the daily British newspaper The Telegraph has published a photo gallery of the world’s most beautiful mosques, showing the marvelous designs of the centuries-old places of worship.

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in the Iranian city of Isfhan topped the list of the world’s 25 most beautiful mosques for its architectural unusualness.

“Because it is in Iran, however, it has been explored (and Instagrammed) by very few western tourists,” the Telegraph wrote about the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Iran.

The mosques, which was built in the early 17th-century under Shah Abbas I, does not have a courtyard or minaret, making it architecturally unusual.

The Iranian mosque was never intended for public use, instead it was dedicated for prayer by members of the Shah’s harem, according to the newspaper.

Another Iranian mosque, Nasir al Molk in Shiraz, was ranked as the second most beautiful mosque by the Telegraph.

“Adorned with stained glass windows – unusual in Islamic architecture – it makes for a spectacular sight in the early morning and late afternoon, when the sun’s rays cause twirling light patterns across the embellished murquanas, a form of architectural ornamented vaulting,” the newspapers said about the mosque.

Known for its magnificent architecture, the Blue Mosque in the Turkish capital, Istanbul, came in the third place in the British list.

Built under the reign of the Ottoman ruler Ahmed I between 1609 and 1616, the mosque was described as being “majestic, magnificent and utterly beguiling.”
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