Abu Dulaf Mosque

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Abu Dulaf Mosque
Arabic: جامع أبو دلف
2019-03-15-171314 جامع ومأذنة ابو دلف.jpg
The spiral minaret of the Abu Dulaf Mosque
Ecclesiastical or organisational statusMosque
Locationnear Samarra, Iraq
CountrySamarra, Abbasid Caliphate, now Iraq
Abu Dulaf Mosque is located in Iraq
Abu Dulaf Mosque
Location in Iraq
Geographic coordinates34°21′40″N 43°48′08″E / 34.3611°N 43.8022°E / 34.3611; 43.8022Coordinates: 34°21′40″N 43°48′08″E / 34.3611°N 43.8022°E / 34.3611; 43.8022
TypeIslamic architecture
(Abbasid architecture)
FounderCaliph Al-Mutawakkil
Date established859 CE
Interior area46,800 square metres (504,000 sq ft)
Minaret height32 metres (105 ft)

Abu Dulaf Mosque (Arabic: جامع أبو دلف) is a historic mosque located approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Samarra in the Saladin Governorate,[1] Iraq. The mosque was commissioned by the 10th Abbasid Caliph Al-Mutawakkil in 859. The mosque is rectangular shaped, and consisted of the open air sahn surrounded by the corridors with the qibla corridor being the biggest of them. The mosque is among the largest mosques in the world measured by area size, reaching 46,800 square metres (504,000 sq ft) wide. The iconic spiral minaret which resembles the renowned Malwiya of the Great Mosque of Samarra is located at the northern side. The unique design of the minaret is said to be inspired by the similar structure in Firuzabad,[2] while others believe the minaret's unique spiral design is derived from the architecture of the Mesopotamian ziggurats (modern day Iraq).[3]

Abu Dulaf Mosque of Samarra

The minaret reaches 32 metres (105 ft) and standing on a square base.[4]

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  1. ^ جامع ابو دلف. Masajed Iraq. Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  2. ^ ارجح, اکرم. "جامع کبیر". rch.ac.ir (in Persian). دانشنامه جهان اسلام. Retrieved 21 May 2017.
  3. ^ Henri, Stierlin (1977). Comprendre l'Architecture Universelle 2. Fribourg, Switzerland: Office du Livre. p. 347. Great mosque, Samarra, was built during the caliphate of al-Mutawakkil. It is the largest mosque in the world. Built entirely of brick within a wall flanked with towers, it has a 55 m high minaret with a spiral ramp that recalls the ziggurats of Mesopotamia
  4. ^ Abu Dulaf Mosque and Minaret Archived 2015-11-12 at the Wayback Machine. Cultural Property Training Resource. Retrieved January 4, 2018.