Nur-Astana Mosque, Kazakhstan

Nur-Astana Mosque was established in 2008 in Astana, Kazakhstan . It is the second largest mosque in Central Asia and Kazakhstan. The mosque is 40mter tall, which depicts the age of Prophet Muhammad at the attainment of revelations and the minarets were constructed at the height of 63 meters that indicates the age at which he died.

The materials used in the building of the mosque are concrete, granite, glass and the dome is designed with gold. The mosque was a gift as a part of agreement between the Kazakhstan’s presidents, the Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa and Nursultan Nazarbayev. It has the capacity to hold about 5,000 worshippers in the interior part of the mosque and 2,000 people in the exterior part of the mosque. It consists of four minarets each with the height of 62m and gold plated cupolas adds up to the attracting features of the dome. Eight shells that are decorated with ornamental designs and graven surahs that are part of Holy Koran support these cupolas. The top floor of the mosque is the worship place and the second floor consists of a balcony is specially designed only for women to pray .

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