Masjid Al-Dahab

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Masjid Al-Dahab
Moskeng Ginto
Golden Mosque 10.JPG
Basic information
Location Philippines Manila, Philippines
Geographic coordinates 14°35′44.5″N 120°59′6.5″E / 14.595694°N 120.985139°E / 14.595694; 120.985139
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Completed 1976
Specifications
Capacity 3,000
Dome(s) 1
Minaret(s) 1

Masjid al-Dahab (or The Golden Mosque; Filipino: Moskeng Ginto) is situated in the predominantly Muslim section of the Quiapo district in Manila, Philippines, and is considered the largest mosque in Metro Manila.

The Golden Mosque acquired its name for its gold-painted dome as well as for its location in Globo de Oro Street. Under the supervision of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos, construction began on August 4, 1976 for the visit of Libya's President Muammar al-Gaddafi, although his visit was cancelled. It now serves many in Manila's Muslim community, and is especially full during Jumuah prayers on a Friday. The mosque can accommodate up to 3,000 worshippers. [1]

The mosque incorporates a mixture of foreign and local influences. Its dome and erstwhile minaret are patterned after Middle Eastern structures whereas its geometric designs borrow much from the colors and variations of ethnic Maranao, Maguindanao, and Tausug art. The curved lines are based on the serpent motifs in Maranao art. [1] The mosque also exhibits stained glass panels by artist Antonio Dumlao. [2]

According to the mosque administrators, the minaret was torn down due to problems in structural integrity at the time of former Mayor Lito Atienza. There are already plans to rebuild the minaret as donations from all over the world are pouring in to reach the target of 12 million Philippine Pesos.

Transportation[edit]

The mosque is accessible within walking distance south east of Carriedo LRT Station of Manila LRT.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Angeles, Vivienne (2009). "Constructing Identity: Visual Expressions of Islam in the Predominantly Catholic Philippines". Identity in Crossroad Civilisations: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Globalism in Asia (Amsterdam University Press): 195–218. 
  2. ^ Rodell, Paul (2002). "Culture and Customs of the Philippines". Greenwood Publishing Group. 

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