King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque
The King Hussein Mosque, also known as the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque, is the biggest in Jordan, measuring 60,000 square meters.
The mosque, situated in the outskirts of Jordan, is perched atop the highest hill in the region, giving it a platform to look out over Al-Hussein Public Parks, the Children's Museum, the Royal Automobile Museum, and the surrounding areas.
It was constructed with two main goals: first, to commemorate Jordan's late King Hussein, who died in 1999, and second, to serve as a landmark and the country's official state mosque.
With an area of 8,000 square meters and a capacity for 5,000 worshipers inside and outside, the mosque was created by British architect Khaled Azzam, born in Egypt, and finished in 2006.
The mosque's massive square structure and four minarets are linked to Cairo's medieval age by the pre-modern Islamic architecture of Egypt.
The building area is approximately 8000 m2, and there are 450 parking places available. The region has internal lanes, roads, sidewalks, stairways, and planted basins, all surrounded by greenery.
The architect created a 'spiritual axis' by mirroring the mosque's main dome on the minarets and aligning the plan with Jerusalem to the southwest. The mosque's mihrab is an example of Islamic art, evoking the pure-wood mihrabs that were once typical in mosques. Without metal fasteners or adhesive, oak and walnut wood were linked together in the shape of a 'interlock' using a method that hasn't been employed in 200 years. The conspicuous Islamic inscriptions on the walls, arches, and floors combine modernity with originality to remind the Hashemite interest in building and art.
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