Faisal Mosque Islamabad - A Visual Treat

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The friendship and relations between Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are time tested and extremely friendly and cordial. These relations rose to their zenith during the reign of King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud (1903 or 1906—March 25, 1975), whose whole hearted and outright support to Pakistan earned him a special place not only in the official quarters but even down to the common man anywhere in Pakistan. His portraits were painted on the back of the trucks, and his posters are still being sold even after 30 years since his death. To pay homage and tribute to this great friend of Pakistan, the name of city of Lyallpur in Pakistan was renamed Faisalabad (meaning the "City of Faisal") in 1979 and a main highway in Karachi was renamed Shahrah-e-Faisal; a residential area close to Karachi Airport was renamed Shah Faisal Colony. Shah Faisal in his lifetime has decided to gift a mosque to be built in Islamabad, Pakistan as a landmark of the Islamic Ummah and love for Pakistani people. The late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia during his visit to Islamabad in 1966 liked the idea of the construction of a grand Mosque as well as the site and offered to bear the expenditure of the Grand National Mosque Project. Later in 1975, upon his tragic death, it was unanimously decided to name as Shah Faisal Mosque to honour a great friend of Pakistan. In fact Faisal Mosque has immortalize the Pakistan-Saudi friendship. Building work started in 1976, costing approximately 130 million Saudi Riyals. The mosque covers an area of 53,821 square feet [5,000 sq m] and can accommodate 10,000 worshippers and a further 40,000 in the adjacent squares.

Architect: Vedat Dalokay

Style: Contemporary Islamic

Capacity: 74,000 within the main areas, approx. 200,000 in adjoining grounds

Covered Area: 5,000 m2 (54,000 sq ft)

Minarets and Height: 4 Minarets of 90m (300 Feet)

Construction cost: 120 million USD

Address: It is situated at the north end of Faisal Avenue, putting it at the northernmost end of the city and at the foot of Margalla Hills, the westernmost foothills of the Himalayas. It is located on an elevated area of land against a picturesque backdrop of the Margalla Hills. This enviable location represents the mosque's great importance and allows it to be seen from miles around day and night.
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