Al Saleh Mosque, Sana'a

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Ana Docal on July 8, 2010

Beautiful details...falgahri..All the best to you from Galicia.Ana

D. VERDU on July 12, 2010



Saludos cordiales desde Alicante (España).

falgahri on July 21, 2010


thank u for visit and n.comment.

b. regards from Yemen, falgahri

falgahri on July 21, 2010

domingo verdu

thank u for visit and n.comment.

b. regards from Yemen, falgahri

falgahri on July 29, 2010

Al Saleh Mosque:

The mosque is partially opened on the advent of Ramadan/September, 2008.

The president’s mosque which is built on the president’s expense is considered to be an immense Islamic building and one of Sana'a city distinctive features.

The mosque is characterized by its six distinctive minarets, each reaching a height of 100 meters, and features five domes. The four smaller domes are all 20.35 meters high and 15.6 meters in diameter, while the large central dome is 39.6 meters high and 27.4 meters in diameter. The entire structure was built according to the highest standards of safety.

The mosque, by its very nature, is meant to serve as an enduring symbol of both Islamic and Yemeni heritage and, as such, must be able to withstand the ravages of time . With this in mind, building materials were chosen for their durability and resistance to extreme weather conditions.

The building's main structure is made of reinforced concrete- Yemeni concrete, thanks to its reputation for being of excellent quality. Moreover, President Saleh instructed that the mosque's extensive stonework to be carried out exclusively with materials found locally.

Taking their cues from ancient feats of Yemeni architecture, such as the Temple of Bilqis and the Marib Dam, the mosque's architects were determined to imitate certain features of these, as they have surely stood the test of time.

The mosque complex, which includes several support buildings, is massive –occupying a total area of 224.500 square meters. The mainhall of the maoque itself has an area of 13.596 square meters; the ceiling rises to a height of 24 meters, and is surmounted by the delicately patterned domes. The hall has a capacity of up to 44.000 persons at a time, and has a separate women's section.

Though the mosque was built in a clearly traditional style reflecting the dimensions of ancient Himyarite architecture with stone and other building materials found locally, it is nevertheless a modern structure and was built according to the highest international standards.

The Mosque includes a faculty of Islamic studies and Koranic sciences, vast courtyards, underground rest rooms, parking lots, and green areas. In conformity with the president’s directives, the designers maintained the traditional Yemeni architecture which gave the Mosque an incredible beauty and made it a magnificent attraction for citizens and Muslim residents in Sana’a.

Approx. toatal cost 60,000,000 USD.

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