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GLASGOW CENTRAL MOSQUE

WHERE? On the south bank of the River Clyde in the Gorbals disctrict, next to Victoria Bridge.

One of Glasgow’s newest religious buildings, the Central Mosque and neighbouring Islamic Centre are located on the south bank of the River Clyde, across the water from The Briggait.

It was built in 1983 at the cost of £3 million, and officially opened in 1984 by Abdullah Omar Nasseef, the Secretary General of the Muslim World League. The largest mosque in Scotland, it can accommodate around 2,500 worshippers (2000 in the main section and 500 in the female balcony). The building was designed by architectural firm Coleman Ballantine based in Kilmarnock; a partnership between Strathclyde University graduate John Coleman and Peter Ballantine. The most eye catching detail of the building is the impressive golden glass dome on the top of the building, which allows natural light into the main chamber below. It rests on a building which manages to draw on many traits of Islamic architecture, while keeping a certain Scottish quality, especially with the use of the red sandstone that can be seen in many of Glasgow most famous buildings.

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