Fakr ad-Din Mosque

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Fakr ad-Din Mosque
مسجد فخر الدين زنكي
Fakr Ud Din Mosque.jpg
The 13th century Fakr ad-Din mosque in Mogadishu, Somalia.
Basic information
Location Mogadishu, Somalia
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Completed 1269
Specifications
Dome(s) 2

The Fakr ad-Din Mosque (Arabic: مسجد فخر الدين زنكي‎), also known as Masjid Fakhr al-Din, is the oldest mosque in Mogadishu, Somalia. It is located in Hamar Weyne (literally "Old Hamar"), the oldest part of the city.

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The mosque was built in 1269 by the first Sultan of the Sultanate of Mogadishu, Fakr ad-Din. Stone, including Indian marble and coral, were the primary materials used in the construction of the masjid. The structure displays a compact rectangular plan, with a domed mihrab axis. Glazed tiles were also used in the decoration of the mihrab, one of which bears a dated inscription.

Photographs of the Fakr ad-Din mosque feature in drawings and images of central Mogadishu from the late 19th century onwards. The mosque can be identified amidst other buildings by its two cones, one round and the other hexagonal.

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Coordinates: 2°02′01″N 45°20′09″E / 2.03361°N 45.33583°E / 2.03361; 45.33583