12 Unusual Mosques Around the World

From Indonesia to Mali

byAmina 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

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