Egypt Mosque Architecture

           

 

  

 


 
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Mosque architecture, like the entire Islamic architecture, is different from one geographical area to another. This fact happened because of the local architects and craftsmen ideas and because of the various local construction materials that were used. One important details about the mosque’s architecture is that all of them must be built with its orientation toward Mecca. One wall of the mosque has alcoves that indication the Mecca’s direction. The most of the Egypt’s mosques represents complexes made from other buildings: some of the houses the madrasa, which is an Islamic school, or they may house tombs, mausoleums or hospitals. The mosque’s most important place is the prayer room, which may be covered or sky open. The size of the sanctuary (the prayer room) depends on the open courtyard’s size. Arcades or colonnades surround three of the courtyard’s sides, the fourth side being opened in the prayer hall that is covered. The prayer hall has no furniture in order to make space for as many people as possible. Another important part of the mosques are the towering minarets, representing the mosque’s most visible elements. In the old times, the towering minarets were used by muezzins to call the people to adhan (the prayer). Today, the loudspeakers are utilized for calling the Muslims to the prayer, and the minaret function is more a symbolic one. Most of the mosques have ablution fountains in their courtyards; these fountains are used for the ritual of purification that precedes the prayers. Another mosque’s architectural structures are the domes which are situated on the prayer room and are used to help the religious leader’s voice to be heard even at large distances. The architecture of Egypt’s mosques continues to fascinate the world with her beauty and complexity.

 
 

 

Egypt Mosque Architecture

 

 
   

 

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