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King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center


History


A mosque and center for Islamic culture, the Islamic Cultural Center "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd in Argentina" (Spanish: Centro Cultural Islámico "Custodio de las Dos Sagradas Mezquitas, Rey Fahd" or CCIAR) is situated in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It bears the name of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd.

Following a state visit to Saudi Arabia in 1995, President Carlos Menem granted the Mosque 34,000 m2 of municipal land in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, making it the largest mosque in Latin America.

Description


Depending on how it is assessed, the King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center may be the largest mosque in the entire New World. It is also the largest mosque in Latin America. It was built in 2000 as a gift from the Saudi government on land given by the Argentinian government during a trip to Saudi Arabia. Its rigorously modern architecture has drawn criticism for its antiseptic appearance, especially for the odd minarets that more closely resemble prison towers despite being stunning in terms of scale and landscape.

The King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center provides one of the best opportunities to experience Islam in the New World despite its superficial appearances. A small portion of this is made up by the mosque's elegant prayer hall with its modest silver and glass dome.

Details

Location

Av. Int. Bullrich 55, C1425FTB CABA, Argentina

Worshippers

1600

Owners

Saudi Arabia

Architect Name

Zuhair Fayez

Year of Build

2000

Area

34,000

Drawings

Map

History

A mosque and center for Islamic culture, the Islamic Cultural Center "Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Fahd in Argentina" (Spanish: Centro Cultural Islámico "Custodio de las Dos Sagradas Mezquitas, Rey Fahd" or CCIAR) is situated in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It bears the name of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd.

Following a state visit to Saudi Arabia in 1995, President Carlos Menem granted the Mosque 34,000 m2 of municipal land in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, making it the largest mosque in Latin America.

Description

Depending on how it is assessed, the King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center may be the largest mosque in the entire New World. It is also the largest mosque in Latin America. It was built in 2000 as a gift from the Saudi government on land given by the Argentinian government during a trip to Saudi Arabia. Its rigorously modern architecture has drawn criticism for its antiseptic appearance, especially for the odd minarets that more closely resemble prison towers despite being stunning in terms of scale and landscape.

The King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center provides one of the best opportunities to experience Islam in the New World despite its superficial appearances. A small portion of this is made up by the mosque's elegant prayer hall with its modest silver and glass dome.