The Mosque of Granada
Mosque of Granada was open in the summer of the year 2003 celebrates a historic reunion. Looking out in greeting towards the majestic silhouette of the Alhambra. It has become a characteristic feature of the landscape of Granada.
What is a mosque?
What is the Mosque of Granada like?
The Mosque of Granada is composed of three main, contrasting elements. These are the garden, the prayer hall (which is properly speaking the mosque itself) and the Centre for Islamic Studies. The Garden looks out over the valley of the River Darro towards a vista of the Alhambra standing on the Mount of Sabika, etched against the peaks of the Sierra Nevada. It has two fountains of classical Andalusian mosaic surrounded by plants of local Mediterranean species, such as pine, olive, pomegranate, orange and lemon. The Mihrab, prayer niche which indicates the direction towards Mecca, is an exact replica of the famous mihrab in the Mosque of Cordoba. Panels of cedar wood from the Atlas mountains carry a hand-engraved ayat of Qur’an listing some of the divine attributes. The multi-coloured marble tiles are identical to those of the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem. The great ‘Qibla’ windows are replicas of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The mosaic fountain in the patio giving on to the prayer hall was manufactured according to a thousand-year-old Andalusian design and technique by master craftsmen of Fez. The Alminar – the minaret from which the call to prayer, the ‘adhan’, is given five times daily – is a tower designed and constructed in the original Albaicin style. Under the eaves it bears the Islamic declaration of faith in Kufic lettering, ‘There is no god but Allah – Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah’. The Centre for Islamic Studies has a library with texts on Islam in Arabic, Spanish, English and other languages as well as audio visual aids. It has a conference hall with a seating capacity of 140 people along with an exhibition area. The main reception area is on the lower floor in the entrance foyer where a bookshop, craft items and souvenirs of the mosque are located.
What are the main activities generated by the mosque?
The five prescribed daily prayers are offered in the prayer hall of the Mosque at their allotted times. The congregational prayer ‘al Jumu’a’ is celebrated at midday on Fridays. There is a daily programme of recitation and study of the Qur’an and Islamic jurisprudence for both adults and children throughout the year. There is also a continuous programme of conferences, Arabic language classes, exhibitions and courses on subjects related to Islam and its legacy in Spain. All interested members of the public are welcome to attend.
Calle del Horno de San Agustín, 0, 18010 Granada Tel: 958 29 61 95 www.mezquitadegranada.com