Al Fateh Grand Mosque
Al Fateh Grand Mosque Manama Reviews
Al Fateh Apr 19, 2016
The Al-Fateh Mosque is located in Juffair located next to the King Faisal Highway and built in 1987. It is an impressively massive mosque which is one of the largest mosques in the world and the largest in the country. Al-fateh is one of the main tourist attractions in Bahrain, covering over 6,500 square meters with a capacity to hold up to 8000 worshippers.
Al-Fateh also contains a library consisting of over 7000 books that are centuries old. Throughout the interior are Kufic-sytle calligraphy writings. Its dome is the currently the world's largest dome that is constructed entirely of fiberglass. The flooring comes from Italian marble with its chandelier from Austria, the teak wooded doors are form India.
Hours of operation are from 9am to 4pm six days a week and closed to visitors on Fridays. Friendly tour guides are fluent in several different languages to accommodate a wide variety of nationalities including English. Purdah is required for women visitors and black gowns with burkahs are available at the entrance. Men are also required to wear gowns if under dressed from the Bahrain heat.
I think was a pleasant experience to see that massive hallways the rooms under dome. We heard a prayer recording through a speaker. The entrance was free and the tour guide was friendly. Al-Fateh is a must-visit for any tourist as key landmark in Bahrain.
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Al Fateh Mosque Jan 03, 2012
The Al Fateh Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques worldwide and was completed in 1988. The mosque is not only known for its size and spendour, but also for its welcoming attitude towards visitors of other beliefs. Non-Muslims are invited to see the building from inside on every day (except Fridays and holidays) from 9am to 4pm (except during prayer times). The entry is free of course.
At the reception you will be asked to remove your shoes, ladies will also be asked to cover their head - scarfs for visitors are available at the mosque. It goes without saying that men and women alike are only welcome in appropriate clothing (e.g. covered shoulders, no shorts, etc.). The visit goes with a free tour in which you will be told about the architectural properties of the building, how everyday life in the mosque woks and some basic information on islam. The tour is conducted in English and Arabic, but one of the first questions you will be asked is "Where do you come from?". That means, that they will give you a tour in your own language, if a guide speaking that language is available. Thus, people speaking German, French, Hindi, Russian or any other common language in the gulf may get a private tour in their native language. Afterwards, you are free to walk around the mosque. The guides and the reception staff are very friendly and will answer all you questions. The reception has also different material on islam, ranging from basic information for non-muslims to more theological material.
I really enjoyed the visit and would recommend it to anyone as a must-do in Bahrain. It does not only give you an insight into the local culture and religion, but gives you the chance to admire a beautifully designed building.
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