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  • Nick and Dariece | April 16, 2015 1:00 AM ET

    10 Dazzling Mosques From the Muslim World

    10 Dazzling Mosques From the Muslim World

    From crumbling ruins to modern mosques, there's no denying that the architecture from the Islamic world is stunning.

    Whether you find yourself in Central Asia, Northern Africa, or the Middle East, you'll be surrounded by gorgeous mosques, and will be blown away by the intricate carvings and ornate designs. Here are some of the many incredible mosques we've come across in our travels.

    The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran. This is just one of the many stunning mosques in Shiraz. Time your visit just right and you can see the sunlight beaming in from the stained-glass windows.

    The Shah Cheragh Mosque & Funerary Monument in Shiraz, Iran. The inside of this mosque is adorned with glittering walls, and is home to the tomb of the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of Musa al-Kadhim, making this a popular pilgrimage site.

    The Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, Morocco. This is the largest mosque in all of Africa and the 7th largest in the world. At 210 m high, its minaret is the world's tallest! The mosque is set on an overhang above the Atlantic Ocean. A portion of the floor of the mosque is clear, giving worshippers incredible views of the ocean below.

    The Amir Timur Mosque beautifully lit at night in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

    The Maghoki-Attar Mosque in Uzbekistan is the oldest mosque in all of Central Asia.

    The lovely Nur Astana Mosque at sunset in Astana, Kazakhstan.

    The imposing Yeni Cami Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. This beauty was built in 1665.

    This Mohammad Al-Amin Mosque in Beirut, Lebanon isn't ancient, but it is beautiful! The mosque was built between 2002 and 2007 by the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri ... who is buried next to it.

    The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul, Turkey. This mosque was built in 1616, what a setting!

    The towering Registan in Samarkand, Uzbekistan is one of the most incredible feats of Islamic architecture. Three Madrasahs (Islamic schools) surround the massive square, and within the school's courtyards, are mosques.

    For more information and articles on the Middle East, click here.

    What do you think of this outstanding architecture? Which mosque do you like the most? Share with us in the comments below!


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Nick and Dariece Notes from the Goats

Nick and Dariece Nick and Dariece are the couple behind Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they've been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They are also full time contributors at Credit Walk where they share their expertise of making money and travelling forever. Check them out at Goats On The and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.
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