The Mohammed-ul Emin mosque in Beirut, the largest mosque in the country, has many architectural similarities with the gigantic Blue Mosque, otherwise known as Sultanahmet, in Istanbul.
Built in 1853, the land upon which the Mohammed-ul Emin mosque was constructed was gifted by the Ottoman Sultan Abdulmajid I to a senior religious figure in Beirut by the name of Sufi Mohammed Abdulnassir. The architectural style of the historical building was heavily inspired by the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and has the characteristics of Ottoman architecture. A dervish lodge was also built along with the mosque but it was damaged during the Lebanon civil war and transformed into another mosque in 2002. What is fascinating about the Mohammed-ul Emin Mosque is the building’s perfect harmony with the surrounding environment. Another architectural characteristic which shows the resemblance of Ottoman design is that the Mosque has one grand dome in addition to four smaller ones. This is an imitation of the distinguished style of Mimar Sinan, the chief architect of the Ottomans in the fifteenth century. The ceramics of the mosque were made in the Turkish city of Kütahya along with the carpets which were also brought from Turkey.
The mosque was also damaged during the civil war, but restoration work was launched by the late Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri who was killed in an assassination in 2005. He could not see the re-opening of the Mosque, but his family decided to bury him next to it.
Kuzey News AgencyLast Mod: 18 Eylül 2013, 18:05