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Edinburgh Central Mosque, Edinburgh

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Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Architectural Building
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Edinburgh Central Mosque (officially known as the King Fahd Mosque and Islamic Centre of Edinburgh) is located on Potterrow near the University of Edinburgh central area and the National Museum of Scotland. The mosque and Islamic centre was designed by Dr. Basil Al Bayati, and took more than six years to complete at a cost of £3.5M. The main hall can hold over one thousand worshippers, with women praying on a balcony overlooking the hall. The mosque holds chandeliers and a vast carpet, with very little furniture.

The architecture combines traditional Islamic features with some Scots baronial style.

Regarding the design, Geza Fehervari, Professor of Islamic Art & Archaeology at London University, has said "The architectural elements and decorative details, while basically relying on Islamic, mainly Turkish traditions, successfully interact with the architectural and decorative age-old customs of Scotland."
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  • Beautiful mosque which is a 5-10 min walk from the city centre. Use this mosque regularly whenever I come to Edinburgh as the facilities are top notch. The toilets/wudhu area are always clean and the....  more
    Beautiful mosque which is a 5-10 min walk from the city centre. Use this mosque regularly whenever I come to Edinburgh as the facilities are top notch. The toilets/wudhu area are always clean and the....  more »
  • It’s a beautiful mosque and facilities especially for tourists is available. The masjid is open all days and caters for both male and female. Went with family recently and used the facilities and... 
    It’s a beautiful mosque and facilities especially for tourists is available. The masjid is open all days and caters for both male and female. Went with family recently and used the facilities and...  more »
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  • Pros: -The mosque was very spacious and easy to find. -Open at all hours for every salaah. The location is very convenient for tourists and even for shoppers. Its not far from Prince's Street. Drawbacks: Parking isn't very easy to find. There are car parks but they're a bit of a walk away
  • Excellent facilities. Friendly environment. Kitchen food is superb. Spouse and kids loved it

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