Jeddah is a city of hidden gems, striking sea views, and stunning architecture. Known as a major urban and cultural center of Saudi Arabia, it is also home to a number of magnificent mosques. From modern interpretations to more traditional structures, here are four of the city’s most unique places of worship:
1. King Saud Masjid
The largest mosque in the city of Jeddah, King Saud Masjid was actually designed by Abdel Wahed El-Wakil, a renowned Egyptian architect who designed over 15 mosques in Saudi Arabia and is considered by many as the foremost contemporary authority in Islamic architecture. King Saud Mosque is spread over 9,700 square meters, with 2,464 of that dedicated to the prayer area. The mosque is known for its impressive domes, with the largest one being around 20 meters in width and over 40 meters in height, and it is also known for its minaret that stretches 60 meters into the sky.
2. Sayidna Aisha Masjid
A more modern take on a traditional house of worship, Sayidna Aisha Masjid is a contemporary mosque that has re-envisioned iconic elements of mosques such as the domes and minarets. Conical in shape and with a stalactite-like crystal glass mimbar (a short flight of steps used as a platform by a preacher in a mosque), Sayidna Aisha does indeed stand out amongst the city’s many mosques.
3. Floating Masjid
Also known as Al-Rahma Mosque, a name derived from an influential Saudi merchant family, the Floating Mosque is indeed striking in its architecture. Built into the coast on a set of pillars, this beautiful white mosque appears to float during high tide and is best visited at sunrise or sunset. Step inside to take in its turquoise dome marked all around by windows, crystal chandelier, and stunning patterns.
4. Tayibat Masjid
OK, so this one is not really a mosque. Tayibat, also known as Al Tayibat City Museum for International Civilization, is actually a privately-owned institution. Its exterior looks like a grand mosque, complete with two minarets and classic Hijazi elements. However, inside tells a different story. Its interior is a well-maintained space comprising wide rooms and halls that host different sculptures / miniatures of old Arab cities.