Photo by Tom Macklin
A University that looks out of this world
Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies, located in Education City, is home to a cave-like mosque with alternating swaths of engraved ceiling: one with Quranic verses and one with thousands of tiny lights reminiscent of twinkling stars. The mosque, with capacity to hold 1,800 people in segregated male and female prayer rooms, seems to float above four streams of water flowing from a garden: an architectural interpretation of paradise. The Mosque is flanked by two 295’-high minarets erected in the direction of Mecca. The mosque--a feat of ingenuity and engineering--was a winner in the 2015 in the World Architecture Festival.
By adriana paramo, AFAR Local Expert
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