The first of its kind on the surface of the water… The Floating Mosque is one of Jeddah’s most prominent religious and tourist attractions | Mix

The first of its kind on the surface of the water… The Floating Mosque is one of Jeddah’s most prominent religious and tourist attractions |  Mix

The Al-Rahma Mosque, or what is known as the Floating Mosque, has become, for nearly 4 decades, one of the most prominent landmarks of the Saudi city of Jeddah, in which the architecture of Islamic arts blends between modern and ancient.

grandmother During the blessed month of Ramadan, Muslims from all over the world flock to Mecca and Medina, where the rituals of Umrah and the visit of the Prophet’s Mosque – may God’s prayers and peace be upon him – are on the way to the two holiest cities since the beginning of creation. There are mosques that attract pilgrims, citizens and residents to visit and perform prayers there during the holy month. .

One of these mosques, the Al-Rahma Mosque, is located at the northern end of the Corniche of Jeddah on the Red Sea coast in western Saudi Arabia, where the picturesque view and the wonderful view of the mosque located above the sea water, to which worshipers and visitors cross through a corridor with low walls.

For nearly 4 decades, the Al-Rahma Mosque or what is known as the Floating Mosque, in which Islamic architecture blended between modern and ancient, has become one of the landmarks of the city of Jeddah, where all families prefer to perform the five daily prayers inside, and they like to walk in its courtyard to enjoy the air breezes, as well as Enjoying its exterior and interior views, as it is unique in its distinctive interior designs and decorations.

When looking at it from afar, the magnificent design of the Al-Rahma Mosque will not be the only one that will catch your eye, but rather its location that makes one think for a moment that it is floating above the surface of the water, and its bases rooted in the sea that allow water and fish to pass through it, in addition to its ancient and contemporary architecture mixed with Islamic heritage.

Al-Rahma Mosque, the first mosque in the world to be built on the surface of the sea, receives its visitors with a few comfortable stairs that enter them directly to the mosque’s marble courtyard, which is equipped with 23 umbrellas that protect visitors from the sun’s rays while performing prayers, and is surrounded by walls that make you feel as if you are overlooking a giant ship, which will sail you in the depths Sea.

turquoise dome

The courtyard of the mosque and its outer courtyards, in which the white domes surrounding it, which number about 52 domes, stand out.

Embracing the sunlight for the picturesque turquoise dome of the mosque and its majestic white minaret extending over 21 meters, is a scene of comfort, tranquility and calm during the day, while at night the electric searchlights light up to make the minaret glow like a pearl in the Red Sea.

Visitors to Al-Rahma Mosque enjoy its outer courtyards, where the beauty of the Red Sea waters allied with the beauty of Islamic architecture to turn the mosque into a destination for thousands, who accept to watch the sunrise and sunset while they perform their duties, as they spend long hours in the place surrounded by water from every direction, and its direct view of the sea is given Red is a pleasant atmosphere that brings comfort and relaxation, especially since its calmness and proximity to the water give a sense of calm.

The mosque, which was built of glossy white marble, has distinctive interior designs and decorations, a wonderful blend of modern and ancient architecture and Islamic art, as it was built with the latest technologies, equipment and technology, and advanced sound and lighting systems.

From the inside, the mosque raises admiration and surprise at the same time, as there are 8 columns carrying a giant turquoise dome, in the middle of which a chandelier rich in mosaic art details, and lighting art, in addition to the turquoise belt that decorates the neck of the dome, as well as 56 colored windows allow the passage of sunlight to Inside the mosque.

The mosque’s domes allow sunlight in during the day (Getty Images)

panoramic view

The ceiling of the mosque is decorated with carvings and includes a ring of stained glass that illuminates the main hall. The mihrab, decorated with intricate tiles and arabesque design, is surrounded by two tall stained-glass windows.

The worshipers inside the mosque enjoy a panoramic view of the Red Sea, presented by a number of windows on the ground level, which increases the feeling of the worshipers that the mosque is floating in the sea, especially during the tide times when the water embraces the surface of the mosque.

The inner corners of the mosque include screens placed in an innovative, unique, and not absurd way, displaying simultaneous translation of Friday prayer sermons and religious and scientific lessons attended by visitors to the mosque from the East Asian region, especially Indonesia.

The interior and exterior walls of the mosque, which is one of the masterpieces of Islamic art and ancient architecture, are adorned with exquisite and beautiful designs and decorations from the inside and the outside.

The design of the floating mosque in Jeddah, the second largest city in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, appears on the surface of the water in the light of day as a ship swaying with the waves of the sea, especially in light of the shining of its turquoise dome with the sun’s rays, a design that makes visitors spend their time in prayer, hiking and enjoying the beauty of nature in same time.

The Al-Rahma Mosque was built on an area of ​​2,400 square meters, with a height of 9 meters, and can accommodate about 2,300 worshipers.

The mosque is a shrine for pilgrims and pilgrims on their way to Mecca (Getty Images)

last stop

The mosque, which took more than 6 months to build its bases in the water, and its multi-style buildings about 3 years, accommodates a large number of worshipers in the outer courtyards, and includes places designated for ablution, toilets, and comfortable halls of worship that are well-equipped.

The mosque, which was built in 1985, is intended for pilgrims and pilgrims on their way to Mecca, especially those from East Asian countries, not only to perform prayers but to enjoy its beautiful appearance and artistic architecture.

In recent years, the mosque has become one of the most important landmarks in the city of Jeddah, as it is considered for Muslims of different nationalities and from all over the world as a spiritual place that provides them with spirituality and the teachings of the origins of the Islamic religion and its sciences, especially the Muslims of East Asia, as well as the Indonesian community, which considers the mosque as a meeting point or gathering for them after performing the rituals Hajj and Umrah.

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