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Al-Rahman Mosque, Baghdad, Iraq

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Amirat St
Baghdad
Iraq


Baghdad, Iraq
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N33° 18' 42.0948" E44° 20' 58.1568"   (33.311693, 44.349488)
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The Al-Rahman mosque (Arabic: "The Most Merciful") in Baghdad, was intended to be one of the largest mosques in Iraq. It was begun by Saddam Hussein in 1998, but work was cut short during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and it was never completed. It remains uncompleted in Baghdad's Mansour neighbourhood, in the place of the old race track. Its main, uncompleted dome, is surrounded by eight smaller, independent domes, which in turn feature eight even smaller domes integrated in their walls. It is around 250 metres in diameter, and occupies 11 acres. The mosque is sometimes confused with another mosque – the "Great Saddam Mosque", (or "Grand Saddam Mosque") which was also being built at the time. That was being constructed a couple of miles to the north-east, at the site of the old Al Muthanna municipal airport. It was supposed to be even bigger than Al-Rahman, and centred on an artificial lake. It would have been surrounded by newly built university faculties, had a 60-metre high dome, and been around 300 metres in diameter. Construction of this mosque was at an even earlier stage when stopped, with only some central columns built. (33.324984°N 44.370522°E / 33.324984; 44.370522)

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Al-Rahman Mosque, Baghdad

Address: Amirat St, Baghdad, Iraq
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