Friday, November 27, 2009

Ibrahim Pasha Mosque

Location: Razgrad, Bulgaria
Build Year: 1616
Area: ?
Capacity : ?
Architect: unknown

Ibrahim Pasha Mosque
, (Bulgarian: Ибрахим паша джамия, Turkish: İbrahim Paşa Camisi) is a mosque in Bulgaria. The structure is situated in city of Razgrad, Ludogorie (Turkish region. The mosque is registered in UNESCO catalogues and is the 3rd largest mosque in Balkans. The name originates from Pargali Ibrahim Pasha(: Pargalı Damat İbrahim Paşa), the grand vizier of Suleyman the Magnificent. The mosque was built in 1616 and depicts some rather unique architecture in common mosque building. Currently the mosque is closed for usage and its reconstruction still has not been completed since communist Bulgarian times.


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What's Mosque?

A mosque is a place of worship for followers of Islam. The word entered the English language most likely through French (mosquée), from Spanish (mezquita), from Berber (tamezgida), ultimately originating in Arabic: masjid مسجد‎ — Arabic pronunciation: [ˈmæsdʒɪd].[1] The Arabic word masjid literally means a place of prostration.

The word "mosque" in English refers to all types of buildings dedicated for Islamic worship, although there is a distinction in Arabic between the smaller masjid dedicated for the daily five prayers and the larger masjid jāmi‘ (مسجد جامع) where the daily five prayers and the Friday congregation sermons are held with a high volume of attendance. The masjid jāmi‘ also plays more roles such as teaching Qur'an and educating future imams.