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Mohammad Al Amin Mosque

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Downtown, Beirut district

Located just off of Martyrs’ Square, in Beirut, this massive and domineering mosque, now the most recognizable and iconic in Lebanon is distinguished by its Ottoman and Oriental architectural styling. In the 19th century, a zawiya, or prayer corner, was originally built on this site, and later on there were intentions to replace the site with a mosque. Following a donation by Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, the foundation stone for the Mohammad Al Amin mosque was laid in November 2002, and the mosque was finally inaugurated in 2008. It was built with yellow stones and an enormous blue cupola, a rounded dome forming the roof, and features four minarets that stand 65 meters high. The mosque also contains the grave of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005.