Masjid-e-Tooba locally known as the Gol Masjid is a uniquely and beautifully designed mosque located in Phase 02 of Defence (DHA) Karachi.
Masjid-e-Tooba was built in 1969 in Defence Housing Society, Karachi. It is just off main Korangi Road. Masjid-e-Tooba is often claimed to be the largest single-dome mosque in the world. It is also major tourist attraction in Karachi.
Masjid-e-Tooba is built with pure white marble. The dome is 212 feet in diameter and is balanced on a low surrounding wall with no central pillars. Masjid-e-Tooba has a single minaret standing 120 feet high. The mosque is the 18th largest in the world with the central prayer hall having a capacity of 5,000 people.
It was built keeping acoustics in mind. A person speaking inside one end of the dome can be heard at the other end. This mosque was designed by Pakistani architect Dr Babar Hamid Chauhan and the engineer was Zaheer Haider Naqvi.
Beauty of the masjid is really graceful as it does not have any fancy art-work. All the mirror work they had inside is very simple. Lawn outside make some space so you can walk around (and say Subhan’Allah quite a few times). It is an impressive modern mosque and marvelous symbol of Islamic architect.
- Construction Commenced – September 1966
- Construction Completed – November 1969
- Area of Plot – 5570 Sq Yds
- Built up Area – 35312 Sq Ft
- Diameter of Dome – 212 Ft
- Height of Dome – 5148 Ft
- Mirrors in Foam Concrete Tiles – 70000 Nos
- Onyx Pieces on the Retaining Wall – 768000 Nos
- Height of Minerat – 120 Ft