Situated in the heart of Islam, the three-storey Grand Friday Mosque, with its shiny, round, golden roof, also known as the Grand Mosque, is one of the largest mosques in the Arab world and the earliest existing architectural site of the Khalifa era in the Iraqi city of Samara. The Great Mosque was built in 848 by Khalifa Mutawakil. At that time, the building area was 36,000 square meters, which could accommodate 10,000 believers. The Temple inherits and draws on the architectural traditions and artistic features of ancient Persia, ancient India and Babylon. The whole monastery is a huge rectangle, 238 meters long in North and south, 155 meters wide in East and west, surrounded by a high and thick brick wall, which is considered to be the most spectacular of the ancient Arab and Muslim mosques. There are 13 entrances along the fence, and the arch walls on the beams are decorated with reliefs. The main hall of 25 arcades is located in the south of the temple, and there is a smaller hall on the other three sides. These corridors are all over 9 meters high, supported by marble pillars. Four halls are surrounded by a large central courtyard, with ornate fountains in the center, built for hollow bricks, whose shape is strictly modelled on the Medina Mosque. On the front wall of the main hall there are concave walls of Mihalab. The rectangular windows of the halls have bow frames decorated with leaves. The Great Mosque is most famous for its minaret, which resembles the ancient Babylonian pyramid or the Assyrian temple tower.
The mosque is big on Friday! The largest mosque in Maldives, located in the capital Male, can accommodate more than 5,000 people to worship at the same time. No arms or legs are allowed to enter the mosque. Maldives is a country where all people believe in Islam, so there are a lot of people coming in and out.