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Anbariya Mosque: A Traditional Mosque in Madinah

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27 MAY 2021

Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi

One of the truly beautiful mosques in Madinah is Anbariya Mosque, southwest of the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah. Also known as the Hamidiye Mosque, it is named after the eponymous gate next to which it was located.


This Islamic place of worship was built in 1908 by the Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II as part of the Hejaz Railway project next to Al-Muazzim Railway Station, which also houses a museum dedicated to the railway. Accentuating the beauty of the mosque’s historical stone construction is a surrounding lush garden.


The mosque was built in the traditional Ottoman style, starting with the entrance porch that rests on several columns and pointed arches bearing small hemispherical domes. The square-shaped prayer area has an area of 100 meters and is covered by a single large dome decorated on the inside with colorful Ottoman-style floral motifs.

There is no minbar in the mosque, because Friday prayer is not performed here. Local materials were used in its construction, including the volcanic basalt stone known as Harawi. The lower part of the interior walls is covered with white marble, while the building is equipped with air-conditioning as well as indoor and outdoor lighting units.

Photos by: Rawan, SPA