Are you seeking a glimpse of Islamic history in your travels? Here are 12 historical Islamic sites to add to your bucket list!
The kids are on the summer holidays, and it’s wedding season, so you’re probably looking for an ideal destination for one reason or another.
Why not consider some lesser-known Muslim sites this summer? Whether you’re looking for history or architecture, there’s sure to be something that interests you on our list!
The Stari Most Bridge is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The bridge spans the Neretva river in the city of Mostar, and its distinctive arches have come to symbolize the city itself. The Ottoman Empire built the original bridge in the 16th century, quickly becoming an important link between East and West. However, the bridge was destroyed during the Balkan War in 1993. In 2004, a new bridge was completed, using materials and methods that were faithful to the original design. Today, the Stari Most is once again a beloved symbol of Mostar, and it continues to offer a stunning view of the Neretva river.
Pocitelj, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
Pocitelj is a small town located in the Herzegovina region of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The town is notable for its well-preserved Ottoman-era architecture, which includes a number of mosques and public baths. Pocitelj is believed to have been founded in the 14th century, and it quickly became an important stop on the trade route between the Mediterranean and the Adriatic. In the 16th century, Pocitelj came under Ottoman rule, and its architecture reflects this influence. Pocitelj is a popular tourist destination, and its mosques and baths are some of the most visited sites in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Dervish House, Bosnia, and Herzegovina
Dervish House is located in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Dervish House is a cultural center that was founded in 2006. The Dervish House is dedicated to studying and promoting Sufism, a branch of Islam. The Dervish House also hosts workshops, retreats, and other events that are open to the public. The Dervish House is located in a beautiful setting, and it is worth a visit if you are interested in learning more about Sufism or if you are looking for a peaceful place to relax.
Utheemu Palace, Maldives
Utheemu Palace is a beautiful building located in the Maldives. It was the home of Sultan Mohamed Dhoshimeena of Utheemu, and it is now a popular tourist attraction. The Palace is built in the traditional Maldivian style, with ornate carvings and bright colors. Visitors can tour the palace inside, including the Sultan’s bedroom, bathroom, and prayer room. The Palace grounds are also home to a number of beautiful gardens. Utheemu Palace is a great place to learn about Maldivian history and culture, and it’s definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.
Koagannu Cemetery, Maldives
Maldives Stays Koagannu Cemetery is located on the island of Koagannu in the Maldives. The cemetery is home to a number of graves, most of which date back to the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The cemetery is a popular tourist destination; many visitors see the graves of famous people, such as the famous royal family members buried there. Koagannu Cemetery is also home to many different species of plants and trees, making it a beautiful place to visit.
The Seven Saints of Marrakech
If you’re ever in Marrakech, be sure to visit the Seven Saints of the city! Each Muslim saint has a unique story; its tombstones are decorated with colorful tiles and mosaics. Visitors often leave flowers or other offerings at the tombstones, and the cemetery is a beautiful place to explore. Even if you’re not religious, the Seven Saints of Marrakech are definitely worth checking out!
Sulayman Too Mountain, Kyrgyzstan
Here is a shrine that allegedly marks the grave of Messenger Sulayman (peace be upon him). A legend states any woman who crawls across the holy rock will give birth to healthy children. Visitors often leave small pieces of cloth tied to the bushes and trees on the mountain.
Khast Imam Square, Uzbekistan
Khast Imam Square is a public square located in the city of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The square is home to a number of important cultural and religious sites. Apparently, it’s the site of the world’s oldest Qur’an, said to have been the same one read by third caliph Uthman bin Affan.
Ulugh Beg Observatory, Uzbekistan
The Ulugh Beg Observatory is a stunning accomplishment of medieval astronomy, and it is well worth a visit if you are ever in the area. The observatory was built in the 15th century by Ulugh Beg, a Muslim scholar and ruler of the Timurid Empire. He was an accomplished astronomer of several astronomical instruments and a beautiful marble sundial. Ulugh Beg used the observatory to study the stars and planets. The observatory features a massive sextant that is still fully operational today. Visitors can also see the ruined Observatory, a fascinating glimpse into the history of astronomy, and it is sure to leave you amazed at the achievements of medieval science.
Kalta-Minor Minaret, Uzbekistan
The Kalta Minor Minaret is one of the most iconic landmarks in the Uzbek city of Khiva. It was built in the 19th century by order of the Khan of Khiva, Allakuli Khan, and was intended to be the tallest minaret in the city. However, construction was halted when the Khan died in battle. If completed, the minaret would have been approximately 70 meters.
Sahabi Tree, Jordan
According to history, the Holy Last Messenger, Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him), sat under this tree at the tender age of 12 to seek refuge from the sun whilst traveling for trade with his uncle Abu Talib. It was here where a Monk named Bahira saw signs of Messengerhood.
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