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The 1000 square meter local mosque is part of a planned community built in the Spanish Mediterranean style. For contextual relevance and traditional appearance, the Mosque uses elements of Almohad architecture of Giralda in Sevilla, Spain and the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakesh, Morocco. Traditional Islamic geometry in arch forms, and motifs provide authenticity while use of ceramic tile and stone create a connection with the Spanish Mediterranean homes that surround the mosque.
This Mosque is inspired by Umayyad mosque architecture as seen in the Great Mosques at Damascus and Aleppo. Arch and minaret geometry complemented with architectural elements such as overhangs, brackets and motifs recall this rich tradition of mosque architecture in a modern context.
This mosque draws inspirations more from the history of the Al Aqsa Mosque of Jerusalem than its architecture. Although the arcades on the outer periphery are reminiscent of the great Al Aqsa, the elements of architecture draw from various pan-Islamic traditions including, the Umayyad, Abbasid, and Fatimid Architecture similar to the progressive construction & reconstruction history of the Al Aqsa by these dynasties. The palimpsestic approach to architecture is evident in Islamic Architecture through the various caliphates. In this mosque, some of the most defining features such as the dome structure, the eaves and the brackets, recall the glorious Rajput/Mughal tradition that is evident in Fatehpur Sikri, India.