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Place of worship in the Islamic religion.
A pulpit at the head of a staircase; the Prophet and the first caliphs preached from the Minbar but many imams preach from one of the steps as a sign of respect.
Empty niche in the Qibla wall indicating the direction of Mecca.
Muslims remove their shoes before entering the mosque and always enter right foot first.
The wall that faces Mecca, the direction Muslims face to pray.
Dome decorating the back of the central nave near the Mihrab.
direction of Mecca
Mecca: the religious capital of Islam is located in Saudi Arabia; Muslim prayers are always performed facing Mecca.
Fortification that once protected inhabitants seeking refuge inside the mosque during conflicts.
Uncovered space bordered by the shady arcades; the ablutions fountain is located in the center of it.
Fountain that Muslims use to wash and symbolically purify certain parts of their bodies before entering the prayer hall.
Large room used to greet visitors.
Gallery made up of a series of arches supported by columns.
Tower from which the call to prayer is made five times per day.
Covered entrance to the central nave.
Area made up of several naves and covered with rugs; Muslims remove their shoes to pray.
Decorative dome atop the central nave porch.