23 Mar

12 Unusual Mosques Around the World

From Indonesia to Mali

Written By Amina Kaabi

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

 

Unusual Mosques