Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Masjid-e-Tooba, Karachi Pakistan

Masjid e Tooba is well-known for its largest single dome mosque in the world. Masjid e Tooba is located in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan. It is the 18th largest mosque in the world. It is the icon of modern architecture and exquisiteness. Located off main Korangi road in Defence housing society, is one of the major tourist attraction in Karachi.

It was built by Pakistan Defence Officers Housing Society Karachi. Its construction was started in September, 1966 and completed in November, 1969. It was designed by talented Pakistani architect Dr.Baber Hameed Chauhan and the engineer was Zaheer Haider Naqvi.

The Mosque is built on vast area and contains the great capacity for praying persons. Area of entire mosque is 5570 sq yards and built up area of the mosque is 35312 sq feet. Surroundings are terrace and lawns which are also in use during prayer when prayer Hall is filled. The capacity for praying people in the Hall is 5000, including terrace is 8000 persons and including lawns is 30,000 people.

Masjid e Tooba is built with pure white marble. In the interior, the mosque is embellished with mirrors in foam concrete tiles which are 70,000 in quantity. Onyx pieces are on the retaining walls, which are 76, 8000 in numbers. Masjid e Tooba has a single minaret which‘s height is 120 ft high.

The dome of the Masjid e Tooba is 212 ft in diameter and height is 51.48 Ft. it is balanced on a low surrounding wall with no central pillars. It has excellent acoustics. A person speaking inside one end of the dome can be heard at the other end.

Locally, this mosque is also known as the Gol Masjid. It is an impressive modern mosque and marvelous symbol of Islamic architect.

1 comment:

  1. Nice to read your article! I am looking forward to sharing your experience.
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