Birmingham Central Mosque
Britain's second purpose-built mosque, opened in 1975. The backdrop is dominated by the 20- storey Wilmcote and Studley towers.
The mosque itself has got three floors. On the first floor there is a large Main Hall for prayers which can easily accommodate around 3,000 worshippers at any one time. In addition to that there is a Ladies’ Gallery on the third floor to accommodate about 400 women.
The ground floor is divided into two areas providing office accommodation, a community hall (day centre), an extensive Islamic library, educational classrooms and a large school hall area which is used for prayers and other activities. On special days like Eids, when demand is high, both the Main Prayer Hall and the School Hall are used for prayers providing accommodation for 5000 people. On Eid day, there are five prayer services during which between 15,000 to 20,000 worshippers attend the mosque for the special services, and on Fridays the gathering is about 4,000 plus.
since this was taken the mosque has undergone a refurbishment and extension programme