June 26, 2011

A Beautiful Structure

Ever since I took a summer course in NYC, I discovered my love for sacred architecture especially after falling in love with St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan. With its intricate gothic style, which is my favorite, every square meter deserves at least a good five minutes of attention to appreciate the beauty completely. 

The photo above is the Mohammad Al Amin Mosque in Downtown Beirut. It was built by the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, may he rest in peace. While completely different to St. Patrick's Cathedral, it has such a beautiful combination of simplicity in its structure, and minimal intricacy in its design. Turquoise is one of my absolute favorite colors so I couldn't stop staring at the domes that pop out, especially at night when the blue is lit up and easily seen. The color has been said to ward off the evil eye, which in my opinion adds such a special touch to the mosque. If I was wearing something more appropriate I would have loved to enter, it's definitely a place to visit if you're in Beirut.

While driving on a bridge nearby, I was able to catch a glimpse of the mosque, a church and what used to be a synagogue, I personally found it such a peaceful view. Quite ironic, more like wishful thinking on my behalf. 


  1. So true, but that's actually common to have a mosque by a church and vice versa in Beirut. As a Lebanese, I think its beautiful :)

  2. The interior is actually very grand - It's stunning.. Massive beautiful chandelier and all.. You should definitely go inside next time! I know and have read of many architects who have their reservations about the design and debate its authenticity to its surroundings but I still think its breathtaking.