10 Must Visit Ancient Mosques Around the World

Posted by Ady Grewal on February 13th, 2020

Mosques are the heart of every Muslim town. Wherever you reside in the world, you’ll find multiple numbers of mosques even in your own neighbourhood. With 2 billion Muslims living across the globe, there is not even a second of time when Adhan (prayer call) is not being called. Nonetheless, when it comes to the building of mosques not only Muslims wholeheartedly participate in it but also spare no relaxation. Let it be of money, interior decoration, electronics and facilities, area, or precious ornamentation through silk, gold, silver, and velvet, etc. Example of which can be easily seen in Masjid-al-Haram where Muslims arrive for hajj and umrah rituals through the year with their umrah group packages.

Here are the 10 must-visit ancient mosques around the world.


Located in Makkah, Saudia Arabia; Masjid-al-Haram is where the Holy Kaabah is. It’s the largest, most sacred and oldest mosque of the world. It is present from the beginning of the world and will remain till the end of times as the only Qibla for Muslims.

The Blue Mosque.

Present in Istanbul, Turkey; it’s also called as Sultan Ahmed Mosque. Its construction completed in the 17th century. It’s the most beautiful mosque in Turkey which also remains a famous tourist spot in the region.

Umayyad Mosque.

Built in 634, Umayyad Mosque is present in Damascus, Syria. With ancient structures preserved to date, it’s a mosque that has seen many dynasties and ruling periods.


Masjid-al-Nabawi is present in Madinah, Saudia Arabia. It’s the resting place of Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) and one of the exceptionally beautiful and ancient mosques of the world.

The Great Mosque of Sana’a.

In Sana'a, Yemen, the mosque was built during the 7th to 8th centuries. It lies right next to the Ghumdan Palace site and remains in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.

Quba Mosque.

Quba mosque was the 1st mosque to be built in Islam. Its foundation was laid by Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) and is present in Madinah, Saudia Arabia.

Badshahi Mosque.

It is present in the heart of the ‘City of Gardens’ (Lahore), Pakistan. Built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century, the masjid remains entirely preserved in its original condition.


Masjid-al-Aqsa is present in Jerusalem and was the 1st Qibla of Islam. It remains one of the very oldest and most sacred mosques of Islam.


Masjid-al-Qiblatayn is where Hazrat Muhammad (SAWW) was ordered by Allah Almighty to change the Qibla direction from Bait-al-Muqadas (Masjid-al-Aqsa) to the Holy Kaabah (Masjid-al-Haram).

Great Mosque of Xi'an.

Founded in 762, the Great Mosque of Xi'an is one of the oldest mosques of the World present in China. It remains built in the traditional Chinese pagoda architectural style.

Yet, the Grand Mosque of Makkah and Masjid-al-Nabawi remains the most visited mosques of the world. Every year, hundreds of thousands of Muslims arrive there through Ramadan Umrah packages 2020 and perform the holy rituals. 

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