History of Faisal mosque.
I have decided to share some important points about the construction of the Shah Faisal Mosque. Lets dive into some Description of the construction, architecture, and design of the great Faisal mosque
The master plan of Islamabad was excited from Greek architecture while keeping its apex towards the Margalla hills, its triangular plan was developed on grids.
Faisal Mosques is divided into eight functional sectors while covering the region of 351 square miles and these are the
- Administrative sector.
- Diplomatic enclave.
- Commercial space.
- Green belt.
- National park area.
- The residential sector.
- Special institutions.
- Industrial zone.
Faisal mosque was named after the assassination of Saudi King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz in 1975, during his official visit to Pakistan in 1966 he supported the initiative of the Pakistani government to build a national mosque in Islamabad and ended up investing on the mosque as a gift to the Pakistani People. The investment was 130 million Saudi riyals (approximately 120 million USD today).
When did the Construction of Shah Faisal mosque Begin?
The construction of the Mosque begin in 1976 and the design was carefully selected from an unconventional design by Turkish Architect Vedat Dalokay after an International level Competition. The year it was completed in is 1986
Following are some features of Faisal mosque
- Without a typical dome, the mosque is shaped like a Bedouin tent, surrounded by four 260 feet (79 m) tall minarets.
- The design features eight-sided shell shaped sloping roofs forming a triangular worship hall which can hold 10,000 worshippers.
- Combined, the structure covers an area of 54,000 square feet and dominates the landscape of Islamabad. It is situated at the north end of Faisal Avenue, putting it at the northernmost end of the city and at the foot of Margalla Hills, the westernmost foothills of the Himalayas.
- It is located on an elevated area of land against a picturesque backdrop of the national park. The largest mosque in Pakistan, the Faisal Mosque was the largest mosque in the world from 1986 until 1993, when it was overtaken by mosques in the MENA region.
- Faisal Mosque is now the fourth-largest mosque in terms of capacity. It is a major tourist attraction and is considered a contemporary and influential feature of Islamic architecture.