The World’s Most Beautiful Mosque in 17 Photos

Clad in glowing white marble and topped with 82 domes, the massive Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi is one of the most spectacular religious structures of the 21st century – an outstanding example of Islamic art and architecture, named after the founder and first president of the UAE.

White mosque in Abu Dhabi

The majestic place of worship welcomes visitors from all faiths, and its design takes inspiration from the lunar cycles. Golden leaf-glass mosaics and outstanding Arabic calligraphy depicting verses from the Holy Quran decorate its splendid interiors, while the largest hand-knotted carpet ever conceived dazzles beneath exquisite Swarovski crystals chandeliers in the main prayer hall.

Since words alone cannot do justice to the architectural splendor of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, I will let the photos speak for themselves:

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The largest mosque in UAE

Garden in Abu Dhabi

Garden domes

White marble mosque

Reflecting pool at Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Islamic art and architecture

White dome

Mosque entrance

Decorative element

Majestic columns

Mosaic art wall

Swarovski crystals chandelier

Inside Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Stunning architecture in Abu Dhabi

Hallway with white marble columns

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