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.

The Faisal Mosque is a mosque in Islamabad, Pakistan. It is located on the foothills of Margalla Hills in Islamabad / Image source

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.

Faisal Mosque, the largest mosque in South Asia / Image source

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