26 May marked the beginning of Ramadan—an important time for around one-quarter of the world’s population. Mosques (or “masjids” in Arabic) serve as places of worship for Muslim people, but also—much like churches and shuls—as places to learn, have community events and more. National Geographic created a slideshow of some of the world’s most stunning mosques, and whether a religious person or not, it’s easy to see that they are worthy of admiration. Says Alexandra E. Petri, “From Timbuktu to Washington DC, these holy marvels provide incredible historic, cultural, and religious commentary, illustrating a city’s identity within the Muslim world and as a destination all its own.” See them all at NatGeo.
Beautiful Mosques Around the World