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Faisal Masjid

ISLAMABAD
The Faisal Mosque is the largest mosque in Pakistan, located in the national capital city of Islamabad. The enormous Shah Faisal Mosque is superbly sited at the foot of the Margalla Hills. It represents an eight-faceted desert “tent” supported on four giant concrete girders and surrounded by four 90-metre (300 foot)- high concrete minarets that look like rockets on launching pads. The central ‘Tent’ is faced in white marble and decorated inside with mosaics and a spectacular chandelier. The Mosque was designed by the Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay, and Faisal Mosque was conceived as the National Mosque of Pakistan and named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who supported and financed the project.

The biggest mosque in Pakistan, the largest mosque in the world from 1986 until 1993, it holds about 15000 people inside, and another 85000 in the courtyard. Underneath the courtyard is a two-storey building housing the Islamic Research Centre, library, museum, press centre, lecture hall, cafeteria and the offices of the Shariat (Islamic Law) faculty of the Islamic University.

The Faisal Mosque is the work of Turkish architect Vedat Dalokay, who won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture for the project. The mosque's architecture is modern and unique, lacking both the traditional domes and arches of most other mosques around the world.

The mosque's unusual design is a departure from the long history of South Asian Islamic architecture, fusing contemporary lines with the more traditional look of an Arab Bedouin's tent, with its large triangular prayer hall and four minarets. However, unlike traditional masjid design, it lacks a dome. The minarets borrow their design from Turkish tradition and are thin and pencil like.

WHAT IS AROUND

  • Sectors E-7 / F-7
  • Sectors E-8 / F-8
  • Faisal Avenue
  • Blue Area
  • Centaurus Mall
  • Margalla Avenue

NEARBY TOURIST SITES

WHEN TO GO

At 620 metres (1700 feet) above sea level, Islamabad is at its best from October to April, when the days are crisp and cool, and the nights are cold. Spring is short, but the flowers in March are a riot of colour. The hottest months are May and June, before the monsoon, but even then the climate is usually not oppressive, and you can always escape to the hills. 2250 metres (7400 feet) above sea level.

HOW TO REACH

Islamabad and Rawapindi share an airport, the rawapindi City and Rawalpindi Cantonment railway stand, General Bus Stand, Pir Wadhi, Faizabad Bus Stand, Daewoo Bus stand Motorway Chowk, Faisal Mover Motorway Chowk and G-9 Karachi company Bus Stand.

It is 292.9 kilometres (182 miles) from Lahore (6 hours 30min) and 172.8 kilometres (108 Miles) from Peshawar (3 Hours 30min) on the Grand Trunk Road (Nation Highway G.T. Road) and 382.6 kilometres (287.7 miles) from Lahore (4Hours 30min) and 185.7 Kilometres (116 Miles) from Peshawar (2 Hours 30min) on the Motorway/AH1.

FROM OUTSIDE

Skyways, Niazi Express, Faisal Mover, Daewoo, Airport,

WITHIN THE CITY

Taxi, Car, Mini Busses

ON BOOKED TRANSPORT

Click here to see the lists of transporters to book any kind of vehicle

WHERE TO SHOP

MARKETS

F-8 Markaz, Blue Area, Jinnah Super Market

MALLS

The Centaurus Mall, Safa Gold Mall

WHERE TO EAT / STAY

Hotels / Motels / Resorts / Restaurants

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HOSPITALS:        
    PIMS, Islamabad:   G-8, 051-9261170
    Poly Clinic:   Shaheed-e-Millat Road, Islamabad. 051-9218300
         
AMBULANCE:        
    Rescue 1122:   1122, 0344 9597384
    Edhi Foundation:    115, (051) 2353374
         
USEFUL ADDRESSES        
    Tourist Information Centre:   Sports Complex Islamabad. 051-9208949
    NTP Tourist Information Center:   E-11/1, Islamabad. 03 111 038 049, 051-8732529
    CDA:    Khayeban-e-Suhrwardy, Islamabad. 051-9253001
    MCI:   Islamabad. 051-9211555
    Passport Office:   Mauve Road, G-8/1, Islamabad. 051-9107220

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