Construction of the mosque began in 1976 after a grant from Saudi King Faisal, whose name the mosque bears. The unconventional design by Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay was selected after an international competition. This mosque features a contemporary design consisting of eight sides of concrete shell and is inspired by a Bedouin tent and is a major tourist attraction in Pakistan, Islamabad in particular, and is referred as a contemporary and influential feature of Islamic architecture.
Without a typical dome, the mosque is shaped like a Bedouin tent, surrounded by four 79 meter tall minarets. The design features eight-sided shell shaped sloping roofs forming a triangular worship hall which can hold 10,000 worshippers. The largest mosque in Pakistan, the Faisal Mosque was the largest mosque in the world from 1986 until 1993.