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Faisal Mosque

King Faisal Mosque (Shah Faisal Masjid in Urdu) is a large mosque located in the capital of Pakistan, Islamabad. It is a well-known mosque and is renowned for both it's immense size and it's architecture.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Design
3 Location


Construction began on the mosque in 1976, and it was funded by the government of Saudi Arabia, costing over 130 million Saudi riyals. King Faisal was instrumental in the funding, and it was thus dedicated to him after his assasination. It was completed in 1986, and used to house the International Islamic University. The small mausoleum of General Muhammad Zia ul-Haq is located right outside of the mosque.


The mosque has an area of 5,000 square meters and can hold over 70,000 worshippers. It is considered to be one of the largest mosques in the world. It was designed by the Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay. The design is a modern one, but makes use of the traditional strcture of a mosque with it's large prayer hall and four minarets. However, unlike traditional mosque design, it lacks a dome, rather the main prayer hall is shaped like a tent. The inside of this prayer hall holds a large chandelier and is decorated with mosaics and calligraphy.


It is located at the end of Shaharah-e-Islamabad, putting it at one end of the city and in front of a magnificent backdrop provided by the Margalla Hills. It is a focal point of Islamabad, and probably the most famous building of that city.