Although mosques are a place where people go to pray together, they are also outstanding structures that must be appreciated for their elaborate architecture. Tall, slender minarets, cascading domes and intricate art.

Mosques inculcate architectural styles from the cultures of different regions. The architecture of the mosques in Pakistan resonates with the country’s rich culture. We came across a thread on Twitter that shared images of mosques and churches from across the country and thought it worth sharing. Take a look and soak in the beauty.

1. Shah Faisal Mosque in Islamabad

With a capacity to accommodate 300,000 people, Shah Faisal Mosque is the biggest in Pakistan. 

2. Mohabbat Khan Mosque in Peshawar

The mosque was built in 1630 by the governor of Peshawar, under Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, and renovated in 1898.

3. Tooba Mosque in Karachi

Locally known as the Gol Masjid, the Tooba mosque was built in 1969 in Karachi and has a capacity to hold 5,000 people. 

4. Bhit Shah

5. Abbasi Mosque in Bahawalpur

A duplicate of Moti Masjid, Delhi, Governor Bahawal Khan constructed this with cupolas and domes of exquisite marble in 1849.

6. Wazir Khan Mosque in Lahore

Another architectural masterpiece of Shah Jahan’s era, the Wazir Khan Mosque, is located deep within the old quarter of the ancient Walled City.

7. Shah Yousuf Gardez in Multan

This classical shrine, built with a beautiful touch of Iranian construction touch, is situated in the ancient city of Multan.

8. Shah Jahan Mosque in Thatta

The combination of red bricks and blue-colored tiles adds flavour to the walls. The magnificent mosque has 93 domes (the largest number in Pakistan) and 33 arches.

9. Lal Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in Sehwan Sharif

The shrine is dedicated to the 13th century Islamic mystic Lal Shahbaz Qalandar.

10. Sukh Chayn Mosque in Lahore

The remarkable interior design and architecture of the 21st century reflects in this masjid located in Lahore and is a replica of the Blue Masjid in Istanbul, Turkey. 

11. Badshahi Mosque in Lahore

Badshahi Mosque in Lahore was the largest mosque in the world when it was constructed in the 17th century, commissioned by the sixth Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb.

Now take a look at these beautiful churches that can be seen in Pakistan.

Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Karachi

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore

Beautiful, aren’t they?