While there are strict requirements in Islam for a building to be classified as a mosque, people throughout civilizations have found numerous creative ways to meet them, and simultaneously turn the places of worship into incredible works of art.
Most mosques around the world look practically the same, featuring domes or minarets—some more elaborate than others. Architectural styles depend on the region, but sometimes creativity takes a full turn—making for some of the world’s most exquisite, and unique, architectural gems.
From Indonesia to Mali, we rounded up some of the world’s most unusual mosques
Nusrat Djahan Mosque, Denmark
Great Mosque Of Djenné, Mali
Niujie Mosque, China
Jami-Ul-Alfar Mosque, Sri Lanka
Fatima Mosque, Kuwait
Lala Tulpan Mosque, Russia
Nasser Mosque, Kuwait
Sancaklar Underground Mosque, Turkey
Safina Mosque, Pakistan
Grand Mosque West Sumatra, Indonesia
Education City Mosque, Qatar
Cage Mosque, Saudi Arabia