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al-Haram Mosqueal-Haram Mosque

The holiest mosque in the world, the Haram Mosque has been much expanded from its original 7th-century form. Today it can accommodate up to 820,000 worshippers in air-conditioned comfort.

Yeni CamiiYeni Camii
Istanbul, Turkey

The "New Mosque" is not so new - it was built in the 1600s. Designed by Da'ud Aga, a pupil of Sinan, Yeni Camii has become a defining feature of Istanbul's skyline.

Muhammad Ali MosqueMuhammad Ali Mosque
Cairo, Egypt

Completed in 1848, the Ottoman-style Muhammad Ali Mosque or "Alabaster Mosque" is the most prominent in Cairo, dominating the skyline from its lofty location on the Citadel.

Suleymaniye MosqueSuleymaniye Mosque
Istanbul, Turkey

Commissioned by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and constructed by the great Ottoman architect Sinan, this beautiful mosque patterned after the Hagia Sophia was finished in 1557.

Blue MosqueBlue Mosque

The cascading domes and six slender minarets of the Blue Mosque dominate the skyline of Istanbul. The 17th-century mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I to rival the Hagia Sophia.

Fatih Camii
Istanbul, Turkey

Originally built in 1470, this Ottoman mosque was entirely rebuilt in 1766 after an earthquake. It shelters the tomb of Fatih Mehmet the Conqueror.

Eyup Mosque and Mausoleum
Istanbul, Turkey

This is the holiest site in Istanbul and one of the most sacred places in the Islamic world. Erected by Mehmet the Conqueror, it honors the tomb of Eyüp Sultan, the standard-bearer for the Prophe

Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Camii
Istanbul, Turkey

Designed by the famed architect Sinan, this was built in 1577 for Grand Vizier Sokullu Mehmet Pasha. Inside it is decorated with beautiful blue tiles.