Mezquita de Granada

The new mosque in Granada, Spain. Such carpet designs are a typical feauture of many modern mosques. During formal collective prayers Muslims stand on the line shoulder-to-shoulder and face to the right, which is the direction of Mecca (Makkah) in this mosque. Here we have a study circle (halaqa) taking place during the month of Ramadan. Traditional Muslim culture means sitting on the floor (unlike churches, you won't find many chairs in a mosque).

 

The mosque website says, "The opening of the Mosque of Granada in the summer of the year 2003 celebrates an historic reunion as it looks out in greeting towards the majestic silhouette of the Alhambra and the Sierra Nevada. The Great Mosque as the soul of the Alhambra promises to become a characteristic feature of the landscape of Granada. The Mosque of Granada signals, after a hiatus of 500 years, the restoration of a missing link with a rich and fecund Islamic contribution to all spheres of human enterprise and activity". Further info at: www.granadamosque.com/

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Taken on September 18, 2007
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