Top 10 Jewels of the Islamic World

Top 10 Jewels of the Islamic World

From amazing architectural wonders to breathtaking natural oasis, Islamic world’s cultural heritage is unique and distinct. We have picked out ten outstanding jewels that are scattered from Morocco to Indonesia.

10. Selimiye Mosque, Edirne, Turkey

Built in the 16th century, it is a famous Ottoman mosque, considered one of the best examples of Islamic architecture. Its clear design, elements and style have been praised until this day. The mosque is included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Why to go there?

A famous example of Islamic architecture, beautiful mosque and a popular tourist destination in Turkey.

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9. Chefchaouen, Morocco

Founded in the 15th century, the village is surrounded with the Rif Mountains. Its historic prominence, cultural authenticity, but mostly its blue coloration attracts many tourists all year round. Visitors also enjoy strolling in the streets, visiting the handcrafts markets and tasting the local cuisine.

Why to go there?

A beautiful historic village, situated in the scenic surroundings.

Chefchaouen-Photo by Javier Garcia

Photo by Javier Garcia

Chefchaouen-Photo by Andy Mumford

Photo by Andy Mumford

Chefchaouen-Photo by Juan Luis Mayordomo

Photo by Juan Luis Mayordomo

8. Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Comissioned by the late president of the UAE, the mosque’s task was to combine traditional values, architecture and design with the modern ones. The grandiose shrine literally unites the world: its construction material was brought from various, including non-Islamic, countries.

Why to go there?

Architectural, cultural and spiritual significance.

Sheikch-Photo by WK Cheoh

Photo by WK Cheoh

Sheikch-Photo by Teguh S

Photo by Teguh S

Sheikch-Photo by Bjorn Moerman

Photo by Bjorn Moerman

7. Hassan II Mosque, Casablanca, Morocco

The mosque has beaten some records: it is the largest mosque in Africa and at 210 m (689 ft) has the tallest minaret in the world. Completed in 1993, the marble mosque stands on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean, which is visible through the glass floor in the hall.

Why to go there?

One of the most significant buildings in Morocco.

Hassan-Photo by Nabil Elminaoui

Photo by Nabil Elminaoui

Hassan-Photo by Soma Images

Photo by Soma Images

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Photo by Soma Images

6. Petra, Jordan

The staggering city carved from the rock is under the UNESCO’s protection and is one of the greatest architectural achievements. The city, as we now see it, was built around 200 BC. It took hundreds of years to carve a 50-meter high rock into this marvelous spot. The locals call this beauty the desert rose.

Why to go there?

In 2007 it was voted to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The city is open for many visitors from all around the world, who can admire the buildings and their spacious interiors.

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5. Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Another most important and significant temple in the city faces Hagia Sophia and looks very similar. Except that it boasts six minarets, which is very rare in the world. It was built in the 17th century and looks incredible from water on a boat tour.

Why to go there?

A must see symbol of Istanbul, just a short walk from Hagia Sophia. A beautiful park in front of it allows to have an exhilarating walk and a snack.

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4. Burj Khalifa, Dubai, UAE

The tallest building in the world yet reaches 830 m (2,722 ft) height. The skyscraper houses offices, as well as 900 apartments. The design of Burj Khalifa incorporates the elements of Islamic architecture.

Why to go there?

The Armani Hotel is also located here and offers luxurious suites with the amazing views.

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3. Mount Bromo, Java Island, Indonesia

Both volanoes are active and located in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, creating a landscape of a different planet. Semeru is taller and expels smoke, while Bromo fumes constantly. The travel agencies offer various tours, even horse riding on the slopes of Bromo. In late August the locals climb Bromo during a Hindu festival and sacrifice food or flowers, by throwing them into the caldera.

Why to go there?

The pair is really unique and picturesque. However, the eruptions often force to close the access to the volcanoes.

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2. Red Sea, Egypt

The most popular diving sites are in Egypt. Gigantic coral reefs, dolphins, shipwrecks and other marine jewels attract divers. The tourists should be aware of the sharks, who sometimes attack the divers. Therefore it is a good idea to hire an experienced instructor.

Why to go there?

Divers of all levels can go. Good service, diving instructors speak various languages.

Red-Photo by Vitaliy Sokol

Photo by Vitaliy Sokol

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Photo by Vitaliy Sokol

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Photo by Vitaliy Sokol

1. Socotra Island, Yemen

Some suggest Socotra, a gem in the Indian Ocean, was the Garden of Eden once. It is truly a stunning place, a home for various unique species. The iconic Dragon’s Blood tree define the landscape and is not found anywhere else on Earth. Unfortunately today it is under a bizarre threat: it is a fuel base for the Somali pirates, who do not hesitate to kidnap tourists.

Why to go there?

One of the most unique and impressive places on Earth. A must-see once in a lifetime.

Socotra-Photo by Azhar Salim

Photo by Azhar Salim

Socotra-Photo by Pavel Baturin

Photo by Pavel Baturin

Isla de Socotra, Yemen

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