This is one of the most beautiful mosques in the world. It is situated in the Pakistan’s capital Islamabad. The exact location is at the end Faisal Avenue, beneath the Margalla Hills in the northern part of the picturesque area of the capital.
It was completed in 1986 and is named after the Saudi King, King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz (Shaheed), and the ruler of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia who was assassinated in 1975.
The mosque has a capacity of 74,000 people in the inner hall, entrance and the courtyard of the mosque and can accommodate 200,000 people in the neighboring grounds. The covered area of the mosque is 54,000 square feet around 5,000 square meters. The total cost to build the mosque was 120 million US dollars in 1986. It has 4 minarets each with a height of 300 feet approximately 90 meters from the ground.
The mosque was designed by the Turkish Architect Vedat Delokay. The project was financed by the ruler of Saudi Arabia, King Faisal Bin Abdul Aziz during his lifetime
Faisal mosque was the largest mosque in the world from 1986 to 1993 when a bigger mosques was built, in Size, known as Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. After the expansion of Haran in Mecca Saudi Arabia and Masjid-e-Nabvi in Madina, the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad stands fourth largest mosque in South Asia.
The international competition to design the mosque was held in 1969. The final choice was made for constructing the mosque in this design. The building of the mosque started in 1976 by National Construction of Pakistan and was fully funded by the Saudi Government.
The Turkish architect won the competition and was awarded Aga Khan Award for the design. The design of the mosque is only one of its kinds with non conventional Curved doors to enter the prayer halls which are not found in many famous mosques.
The design of the mosque does not resemble the designs available in Muslim structural design. The mosque has a rectangular prayer hall without a dome, which is usually a tradition in the mosque and four beautiful thin minarets which are Turkish devise.