Pakistan’s rich historical and social history is reflected in the beautiful mosques built in every part of the country. Whether it is to marvel at the grand Mughal architectural traditions seen in the Badshahi Mosque, or the modern minimalism of Tooba Masjid, Pakistan’s mosques are definitely worth visiting.
10. Moti Masjid, Lahore
Located inside the Lahore Fort Complex, this white marble mosque is indeed a gem.Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in the 17th Century, the Moti or Pearl Mosque exudes elegance and a quiet beauty.
9. Dai Anga Masjid, Lahore
Another 17th-century mosque built during the Mughal period, the Dai Anga mosque is known for its tiled facade and fine frescoes. It is named after Dai Anga, the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan’s wet-nurse and is located near Lahore Railway Station.
8. Bhong Masjid, Rahim Yar Khan
This modern mosque was built over a period of 50 years in the town of Bhong in Tehsil Sadiqabad. In 1986 it won the Agha Khan Award for Architecture. It is embellished with extensive calligraphy and mirror work from within, and with distinctive Multani tiles on its facade.
7. Grand Jamia Masjid, Lahore
A new addition to Pakistan’s notable mosques, the Grand Jamia Masjid is located in Bahria Town, Lahore. It is the third largest mosque in Pakistan and the seventh largest in the world. Largely influenced by Mughal architecture, it boasts a tiled facade, grand dome, and four minarets.
6. Masjid Mahabat Khan, Peshawar
This 17th-century mosque is named after the Mughal Governor, Mahabat Khan. Its beauty lies in its three fluted domes painted in floral and geometric designs. Its two tall minarets were reputedly used as gallows in Sikh times by Ranjit Singh. Steeped in Mughal history, it is well worth a visit.
5. Masjid-e-Tooba, Karachi
This modern mosque is also known as Gol or round Mosque due to its distinctive design. it is said to be the largest single-dome mosque in the world. If one speaks at one end of the mosque it can be heard at the other end. It is an elegant and minimalist mosque built of pure white marble.
4. Shah Jahan Masjid, Thatta
This Mughal mosque was gifted to the people of Sindh by Emperor Shah Jehan.
It is Pakistan’s own blue mosque, with its distinctive hand-painted blue tiles. Its acoustics were designed so that a voice could be heard across it if the volume exceeds 100 decibels.
3. Wazir Khan Masjid, Lahore
This most photogenic Mughal mosque can be found in Inner Lahore, near Delhi Gate. it is known for its beautiful faience and Qashani tile work.
Its minarets overlook the bustling glory of Lahore while retaining its own calm and soulful character.
2. Badshahi Masjid, Lahore
This architectural wonder is one of the finest examples of Mughal architecture in Pakistan. it is the second largest mosque here and was the largest in the world when it was constructed.
Commissioned by Emperor Aurangzeb it is famous for its symmetry, balance, and perfect proportions.
1. Faisal Masjid, Islamabad
The largest mosque in Pakistan, ShahFaisal Mosque has been designed to resemble a bedouin tent. It rests in the backdrop of Margalla Hills and can be seen from miles around. Its pristine white simplicity, clear cut symmetry, and perfect proportions make it an iconic symbol of Pakistan.