15 September 2018 (Sat-Sun 11am-5pm)
16 September 2018 (Tours: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm; 45 minutes)
Glasgow Central Mosque is the first purpose-built mosque in Glasgow. Muslims pray, learn, get married or attend funerals and non-Muslims visit throughout the year. See how Islamic architecture and Glasgow’s characteristic red sandstone come together in this unique building.
Please come explore Glasgow Central Mosque which was formally opened in 1984. Built on a 4-acre (16,000 m2) site at a cost of three million pounds the land was acquired and the preferred architectural design meant that the architect had to travel to Turkey and Jeddah. The courtyard of the mosque is in keeping with the traditional Arabesque style. It is enclosed on one of its sides by gardens and on the other by a long façade of arched windows. The main entrance is arched with etched glass doors of a floral design. In the courtyard one of the most noticeable features is the Minaret (tower) where traditionally the Muezzin recites the call to prayer stands. The other more noticeable feature is the dome above the main prayer hall allowing natural light into the building. Inside the mosque is a recess which is called the Mihrab where the Imam stands. The Mihrab points in the direction of Mecca. Enclosed in a walled garden and with a separate minaret, the mosque combines Islamic architecture with the characteristic Old Red Sandstone material used to build many of Glasgow's buildings.
Accessibility: Main Reception and all relevant areas on Ground Floor
There is no specific dress code for men but please avoid shorts.
For women, if possible, its best if they keep their arms and legs fully covered with a scarf over their head. You are requested to bear in mind that you will be asked to remove your shoes at some time during the visit - this is to help maintain the sanctity of the prayer area.
Building Date: 1984
Tours: 11:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm; 45 minutes
Booking not required
Meeting point: Small Community Hall