One of the largest mosques in the country of Jordan is found in the capital. Constructed over a span of 7 years and completed in 1989, the King Abdullah Mosque in the city of Amman is a sizeable construction of about 18,000 square metres. It is capable of holding approximate ten thousand persons in total, with a prayer hall that can accommodate about 3,000 persons and a larger courtyard able to hold approximately 7,000. Yet it is not so much the size of the mosque that makes it remarkable. Rather, most people tend to remember the striking exterior of the mosque after their visit, and for good reason.
The mosque is a fine exemplar of contemporary architecture in the modern Islamic world. It is not as avant-garde in design as some other large mosques in a few other Islamic countries, admittedly-a striking example of such mosques being the enormous and very unusual-looking Shah Faisal Masjid of Pakistan that does not even have the traditional ‘mosque dome’-but it is nonetheless an attractive sample of architecture retaining its ties to the old while marching towards the new.
The most memorable part of the mosque would have to be the blue central dome. It is enormous and has been described by some as being a most striking sky blue, especially under the light of day. The dome is further ornamented by sharp geometric patterns running around it, and its blue colour actually shows up inside too. Aside from this distinguishing feature, there are also the gorgeous interiors of the mosque to consider. The King Abdullah Mosque has a red carpet covering the entirety of its interior prayer hall, and also a rather unusual chandelier of large and loose ring-like tiers of light bulbs.
The interior also has an Islamic museum and an exhibition of certain art and cultural pieces inside. The latter includes some photos of one of the past kings of Jordan. In fact, it is the same king in whose honour the mosque was built. This king was Abdullah I, who reigned over the Hashemite kingdom for a relatively short period, from the year 1946 to the year 1951. After it was finished, it was used as the national mosque of Jordan, but that changed in 2006, when the larger King Hussein Ben Talal Mosque was inaugurated and given the title. The second mosque can accommodate nearly double the number of persons in the old, at an approximate capacity of 5,500. Even so, many still come to the King Abdullah Mosque for their prayers to this day.
The King Abdullah Mosque has much the same policies on entry and decorum as other mosques, so just keep the usual regulations on decorum in mind before your visit. Wear only modest clothes-anything too revealing or “flashy” by local standards should definitely be avoided. Check too in advance if there are any events or recent policies regarding the entry of non-Muslims if this applies to you, just to be certain that you shall not be making the trip for nothing.