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Place of worship in the Islamic religion.
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Minbar Mihrab door Qibla wall central nave Mihrab dome direction of Mecca fortified wall courtyard ablutions fountain reception hall shady arcades minaret service room porch prayer hall porch dome

Minbar click to hear : Minbar

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.

Mihrab click to hear : Mihrab

Empty niche in the Qibla wall indicating the direction of Mecca.

door click to hear : door

Muslims remove their shoes before entering the mosque and always enter right foot first.

Qibla wall click to hear : Qibla wall

The wall that faces Mecca, the direction Muslims face to pray.

Mihrab dome click to hear : Mihrab dome

Dome decorating the back of the central nave near the Mihrab.

direction of Mecca click to hear : direction of Mecca

Mecca: the religious capital of Islam is located in Saudi Arabia; Muslim prayers are always performed facing Mecca.

fortified wall click to hear : fortified wall

Fortification that once protected inhabitants seeking refuge inside the mosque during conflicts.

courtyard click to hear : courtyard

Uncovered space bordered by the shady arcades; the ablutions fountain is located in the center of it.

ablutions fountain click to hear : ablutions fountain

Fountain that Muslims use to wash and symbolically purify certain parts of their bodies before entering the prayer hall.

reception hall click to hear : reception hall

Large room used to greet visitors.

shady arcades click to hear : shady arcades

Gallery made up of a series of arches supported by columns.

minaret click to hear : minaret

Tower from which the call to prayer is made five times per day.

service room click to hear : service room

porch click to hear : porch

Covered entrance to the central nave.

prayer hall click to hear : prayer hall

Area made up of several naves and covered with rugs; Muslims remove their shoes to pray.

porch dome click to hear : porch dome

Decorative dome atop the central nave porch.