Islam is one of the major religions on the African continent.
With over 400 million adherents and growing, Islam is going to be on the African continent for a long time. Apart from being a religion, Islam has also influenced architecture in many parts of Africa. The beautiful mosques which can be found in most countries are proof of that. Here are some of the most beautiful mosques on our continent:
1. Great Mosque Of Djenné, Mali
This mosque opened its doors in 1907 and is considered one of the largest mud (adobe) structures in the world.
2. Alabaster Mosque, Egypt
Also known as the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, the Alabaster mosque was built in the 19th century. It sits atop a citadel in Cairo and is modelled after the Yeni Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
3. Hassan II Mosque, Morocco
This mosque is considered the largest in Africa as it can house over 100,000 worshippers. The mosque sits on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean and took 7 years to build.
4. Great Mosque of Algiers, Algeria
This mosque was built in the 11th century and said to be one of the oldest mosques in Algeria.
5. Masjid Al-Nilin, Sudan
This mosque bears a very modern look and was built in the 1970’s. It sits just opposite of the confluence of the two Niles in Sudan.
6. National Mosque in Kampala, Uganda
Also known as Gadaffi Mosque, this mosque can hold 15,000 worshippers and is a tourist attraction in Uganda.
7. Great Mosque of Touba, Senegal
This mosque was built in the 19th century and is the largest building in the city of Touba. It holds 7,000 worshippers and is characterised by its contrasting blue and green domes/minarets.
8. National Mosque in Abuja, Nigeria
This mosque is located in the heart of the Nigerian capital city, Abuja. Its gold dome is a prominent feature of the Abuja skyline.
9. The Great Mosque of Kairouan, Tunisia
Also known as the Uqba Mosque, the great mosque of Kairouan is one of the holiest Islamic sites in North Africa. It was built in 670 AD.
10. Nizamiye Mosque, South Africa
Located in Johannesburg, this mosque was completed in 2012. Its design is based off that of the 16th-century Selimiye Mosque in Turkey.