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Masjid al-Dahab (Masjid al-Dahab) description and photos - Philippines: Manila. Detailed information about the attraction. Description, photographs and a map showing the nearest significant objects. The title in English is Masjid al-Dahab.
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The Mashid al-Dahab, or Golden Mosque, located in the Manila district of Kuiapo, is considered the largest mosque in the capital of the Philippines. It got its name from the huge dome covered with gold. The mosque was built in 1976 specially for the visit to the country of the President of Libya, Mauammar Gaddafi, who was supposed to act as an intermediary between the Philippine government and Muslim separatists from the island of Mindanao. Construction was carried out under the personal supervision of the then First Lady Imelda Marcos. However, almost at the last moment, the visit of the Libyan leader was canceled.
Today the mosque is a sacred place for the Muslims of Manila, who live mainly in the areas of Kuiapo and Binondo. The mosque is especially crowded on Fridays during the midday sermon "juma" - up to 3 thousand worshipers can fit inside. Despite such popular popularity, the minaret of the Golden Mosque is completely covered with rust, and the dome is partially. True, work on the restoration of the mosque is scheduled for the near future.
It is interesting that in Manila Friday is considered "Kuiapo Day", because on this day, in addition to the Muslim Juma, a mass is held in the Golden Mosque in honor of the Black Jesus of Nazareth in the Kuiapo Church located just a few hundred meters from the mosque. Therefore, motorists are not advised to enter the area on the last working day of the week.
Once, Islam was the most widespread religion in the Philippines, until, in 1570, Miguel Lopez de Legazpi overthrew the Muslim Sultan Raju Suleiman and proclaimed Manila the capital of the Spanish colony. Today, only the Golden Mosque reminds of the former domination of Islam in the Philippine Islands.
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