Mosque of Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim

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Mosque of Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim
Fachada Mezquita Ibrahim Al-lbrahim.JPG
Mosque of Sheikh Ibrahim Al-Ibrahim
Basic information
Location Caracas, Venezuela
Geographic coordinates 10°30′6″N 66°53′43″W / 10.50167°N 66.89528°W / 10.50167; -66.89528Coordinates: 10°30′6″N 66°53′43″W / 10.50167°N 66.89528°W / 10.50167; -66.89528
Affiliation Islam
Architectural description
Architect(s) Zuhe Fayez
Architectural type Mosque
Completed 1993
Specifications
Capacity 3.500
Minaret(s) 1
Minaret height 113 m.
Minaret of the Mosque

The Mosque Ibrahim Ibin Abdul Aziz Al-Ibrahim or Caracas Mosque is a mosque in the El Recreo district of Caracas. it is the second largest mosque in Latin America after the King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center in Buenos Aires. Mirroring modern Venezuela's religious tolerance and its oil realpolitik the construction of the mosque began in 1989 by Sheikh Abdulaziz Bin Ibrahim Al Ibrahim. The mosque designed by architect Zuhe Fayez occupies an area of 5000 m², its minaret is 113 metres high and the dome is 23 metres high. Construction of the mosque was completed in 1993. The mosque can hold around 3500 worshipers. Rising higher between the Catholic Cathedral a few blocks away and the Caracas Synagogue, the new minaret is the highest in the Latin America.

"It is like a dream come true for us," Hassan Majzoub, president of Venezuela's Islamic Center, said of the four-year project, culminated in March 1993 with the inauguration of the Caracas Islamic Center.

Mr. Majzoub, a shopkeeper who emigrated from Lebanon in 1968, acknowledged that the 100,000 Muslims in Venezuela were easily surpassed in number by Muslims in Argentina, Brazil and the United States.

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