Pakistan has had two of the biggest mosques in the world, with both the Badshahi Mosque of Lahore and the Faisal Mosque of Islamabad holding the top position at some point in history. Badshahi Mosque actually held the title first and did so for over three centuries, but was ousted from its rank by the newer Faisal Mosque, which held on to the top position until 1993. 2012 has seen it being ranked as only fourth in size due to new mosques having been built in other countries, but it is still among the biggest mosques on the globe as well as one of the most striking, both due to its stunning mountain backdrop and the singularity of its design. For one thing, this mosque’s minarets are not topped with the traditional onion-shaped bulbs of Islamic architecture but rise straight and taper to spear-like points; furthermore, the mosque does not even have domes.
The credit for this unusual style goes to one of the most renowned of Turkish and Islamic architects: Vedat Ali Dalokay. Endowed with some impressive [Read more…]