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The Bigfella
01-28-2017, 08:10 PM
Sorry Donald this conservative white atheist yobbo doesn't share your views on some things.

It's time we celebrated some of the lovely buildings used by our Muslim friends in the pursuit of their spiritual beliefs. Here's a selection of my favourite Mosques. I've been honoured to contribute to many Mosque building funds during my travels and have many Muslim contacts I am proud to call my friends.

The Grand Mosque in Medan, Sumatra (Indonesia), where I was given a lovely tour by a local chap

https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms4/i-KKFpZNz/0/X3/medanmosque-X3.jpg

Inside the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi

https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms4/i-TFjQHnK/0/X3/insidegrandmosque-X3.jpg

Another shot of the outside of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque.... including photobombing Mynah bird

https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms4/i-zf7jwnP/0/X3/mosque-X3.jpg

The Bigfella
01-28-2017, 08:14 PM
The major mosques in Istanbul are well known

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Turkey/Istan_zpsaqfqic5x.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Turkey/Istan_zpsaqfqic5x.jpg.html)

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Turkey/01aa4_zpsxfel5gyk.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Turkey/01aa4_zpsxfel5gyk.jpg.html)

Back to Abu Dhabi

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Emirates/aq3_zpsuudveb42.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Emirates/aq3_zpsuudveb42.jpg.html)

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Emirates/aq2_zpsu215a7ew.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Emirates/aq2_zpsu215a7ew.jpg.html)

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Emirates/aq1_zpsigqsmsq3.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Emirates/aq1_zpsigqsmsq3.jpg.html)

PeterSibley
01-28-2017, 08:16 PM
http://gchotelistanbul.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Majestic-Blue-Mosque-in-Turkey.jpg

http://www.sultanahmetcamii.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/interior-1.jpeg

http://www.sultanahmetcamii.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/interior-1.jpg

http://www.sultanahmetcamii.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/interior-1.png

http://www.sultanahmetcamii.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/exterior-4.jpg

The Bigfella
01-28-2017, 08:22 PM
This one is rather unusual. I shot the photo whilst riding in traffic, somewhere in Java, so apologies for the weird angle. The minarets rather dominate here....

http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff112/igatenby/Last%20Java%20and%20Sumatra/019.jpg (http://s240.photobucket.com/user/igatenby/media/Last%20Java%20and%20Sumatra/019.jpg.html)

PeterSibley
01-28-2017, 08:27 PM
The Grand Mosque.

http://luxeadventuretraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Jdombs-Travels-Grand-Mosque-2.jpg

http://luxeadventuretraveler.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Jdombs-Travels-Grand-Mosque-4.jpg

http://citylifetravels.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/SheikhZayedGrandMosque.jpg

Syed
01-28-2017, 08:33 PM
http://www.pakimag.com/files/2011/03/Mingora-Swat-Fizagat-Mosque-on-River-Swat.jpg

PeterSibley
01-28-2017, 08:35 PM
True .

CWSmith
01-28-2017, 08:38 PM
Very nice, Syed.

The Bigfella
01-28-2017, 08:39 PM
Another random shot on the move. A rural mosque in western Sumatra

https://photos.smugmug.com/Randoms4/i-gs7rvB2/0/X3/ruralmosque-X3.jpg

The Bigfella
01-28-2017, 08:40 PM
http://www.pakimag.com/files/2011/03/Mingora-Swat-Fizagat-Mosque-on-River-Swat.jpg

I was hoping you'd chip in :d

JimD
01-28-2017, 09:19 PM
Designed to impress and control. Still, some of them are very lovely to look at, despite the rationale behind them.

Gerarddm
01-28-2017, 09:44 PM
Some of those interiors look like something out Lord of The Rings. Kinda cool.

The Zayed mosque looks sort of like a Taj Mahal wannabe.

And of course the Hagia Sophia was originally a Byzantine Christian church.

Those white domes recall when I was in Kosovo, which is overwhelmingly Albanian Muslim. I saw any number of elderly worthies wearing cream or white colored felt hats that looked similar.

PeterSibley
01-28-2017, 09:46 PM
Designed to impress and control. Still, some of them are very lovely to look at, despite the rationale behind them.

Like cathedrals.

Paul Pless
01-28-2017, 09:49 PM
Iran.

http://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/iran-temples-photography-mohammad-domiri-91.jpg

Harvey Golden
01-28-2017, 09:50 PM
http://www.pakimag.com/files/2011/03/Mingora-Swat-Fizagat-Mosque-on-River-Swat.jpg

Sublime! ...And boat shaped too. (Is it intentionally boat-shaped? Or is everything boat shaped when you are a boat guy?)

JimD
01-28-2017, 09:50 PM
Like cathedrals.Xactly.

Paul Pless
01-28-2017, 09:51 PM
http://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/iran-temples-photography-mohammad-domiri-30.jpg

Gerarddm
01-28-2017, 09:52 PM
#14: Not only beautiful, but genuinely pr0n, too.

Syed
01-29-2017, 12:32 AM
Sublime! ...And boat shaped too. (Is it intentionally boat-shaped? Or is everything boat shaped when you are a boat guy?)
Yes Harvey it is intentially boat shaped to the extent that every purpose built mosque structure is required to be directional, as the worshipper should face towards Kaaba (In Makka).

Harvey Golden
01-29-2017, 02:32 AM
Yes Harvey it is intentially boat shaped to the extent that every purpose built mosque structure is required to be directional, as the worshipper should face towards Kaaba (In Makka).

Thank you for the reply Syed. That makes sense to my very naive yet nautically inclined mind. It is one thing to face Mecca, but to do so in a 'boat' is very symbolic of the desire/intentions to go there. Very beautiful!