BEAUTIFUL MOSQUES OF THE WORLD:
KING ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE OF ABU DHABI
Interior of the Main Prayer Hall in Sheikh Zayed Mosque
The mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshippers. The main prayer hall can accommodate over 7,000 worshipers. There are two smaller prayer halls, with a 1,500-capacity each, one of which is the female prayer hall.
There are four minarets on the four corners of the courtyard which rise about 107 m (351 ft) in height. The courtyard, with its floral design, measures about 17,000 m2 (180,000 sq ft),and is considered to be the largest example of marble mosaic in the world.
The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by Persian, Mughal, and Moorish mosque architecture, particularly the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore Pakistan and the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco being direct influences. The dome layout and floorplan of the mosque was inspired by the Badshahi Mosque and the architecture was inspired by Persian, Mughal and Moorish design. Its archways are quintessentially Moorish and its minarets classically Arab. The design of the mosque can be best described as a fusion of Arab, Persian, Mughal and Moorish architecture