Bristol Jamia Mosque

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Bristol Jamia Mosque
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Basic information
Location England Bristol, England
Geographic coordinates 51°26′32″N 2°34′55″W / 51.44213°N 2.58195°W / 51.44213; -2.58195Coordinates: 51°26′32″N 2°34′55″W / 51.44213°N 2.58195°W / 51.44213; -2.58195
Affiliation Barelvi
Completed 1968
Specifications
Capacity 840
Length 67 m
Width 64 m
Dome(s) 1
Dome height (outer) 48.5 m
Dome dia. (outer) 25.5 m
Minaret(s) 1
Minaret height 88 m

The Bristol Jamia Mosque is a mosque in the Totterdown area of Bristol. It was the first mosque in Bristol and is currently the largest in the south west of England. The building was formerly a disused church that was bought and converted into a mosque in 1968. It has since been embellished with a dome and minaret.[1]

Description[edit]

The mosque has one dome and one minaret. Both men and women are allowed to pray at the mosque; it has a main hall (capacity 700) and a separate women's prayer hall (capacity 140).[2] The building also houses classrooms for children and an event hall for religious celebrations and other meetings. The main hall has a wooden Syrian mimbar.[3] The mosque is open to all traditions of Islam and to the non-Muslim community of Bristol. Bristol Jamia Mosque is a registered charity and a member of Council of Bristol Mosques (CBM), a multi-denominational organisation of mosques in the city established in 2009.[4]

History[edit]

The Bristol Muslim Association purchased the disused St Katherine's Church from the parish council for conversion.[3] The dome and minaret were added to the structure in 1980.[3] It was the first mosque in Bristol and is currently the largest mosque in south-west England.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Jamia Mosque Bristol". Victoria County History. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "Bristol Jamia Mosque". Mosques map. Retrieved 12 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The Bristol Jamia Mosque". M Shed. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Bristol Jamia Mosque". All Mosques Together. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 12 March 2015.