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King Abdullah Mosque, Amman

King Abdullah Mosque Overview

While going around the city of Amman, your eyes cannot miss the site of beautiful King Abdullah Mosque. It was built between the years 1982 and 1989 by late King Hussein, as a memorial for his grandfather- His Majesty Sayyid Abdullah I. It was regarded as Jordon’s National Mosque till 2006, when it retired in favor of King Hussein Ben Talal Mosque. An interesting fact about it is that it’s the only mosque in Amman that openly welcomes non-Muslims. 

 

The Structure
The most striking feature of this mosque is its large blue colored dome that represents the sky and the golden lines running down to its base represent the rays of light shining upon the 99 names of Allah. The massive octagonal prayer hall is not supported by any pillars and covered by a dome with a diameter of 35m. Around 7000 people can be accommodated for prayer inside, while the outer courtyard has space enough for 3000 men. A separate section can house 500 women worshippers.  

 

The Museum Inside
Within the premises of this mosque is a museum housing some photographs and personal belongings of King Abdullah I. It also displays items of Islamic art and relics like coins, pottery and stone engravings.

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