SkyWatch: Mosque in the Mountains

I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that Saudi Arabia has more mosques per capita than any other country in the world. There are mosques every few blocks in the cities and every few miles in the country. This lonely mosque is in a sparsely populated area in the mountains between Jeddah and Madinah. From all appearances, it seems to be in the middle of nowhere. The two small buildings near it seem to be deserted and there is a long wall visible leading over toward the mosque on the right. The wall defines a property line. I didn’t see any other sign of life in the area, so I’m not sure how busy this mosque gets, but it seems well maintained, so maybe there are more homes hidden back in the mountains.
Many mosques are built by landowners or wealthy businessmen, as well as the Saudi government. All Saudis are born Muslim, and Islam is the only religion permitted in the Kingdom. Saudi Arabia is known as the “Land of the Two Holy Mosques,” which refer to Makkah and Madinah, the holiest sites in Islam.
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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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15 Responses to SkyWatch: Mosque in the Mountains

  1. Diane AZ says:

    Beautiful and fascinating photo. I like the blueish mountains in the background.

  2. Hello Susie of Arabia! a fascinating look into your world ….
    happy weekend!
    Gena @ Thinking Aloud
    South Africa

  3. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: Amazing capture of the mosque on the mountain. Something we would never normally see.

  4. Arija says:

    I love those stark landscapes. Every minute we spent in Oman I still cherish, the people, the food and just the very arabness of the country.

  5. Beautiful mountain setting. The mosque looks well cared for, but it is strange to see it in such a seemingly isolated location.

  6. Carver says:

    Wonderful photograph of a beautiful place. There is something so perfect about the mosque with the mountains behind it. Interesting post too.

  7. I like the horizontal curvy sections of landscape including the sky background.
    Also the textures and ambiance. Nice balanced shot.

  8. Chiara says:

    This is truly splendid, both as a phenomenon and a photo. Thanks!

  9. Erin says:

    the terrain reminds me of the mohave desert a wee bit.
    hard to believe that many would visit the mosque however, as you have mentioned in prior posts there are those who are still nomadic. perhaps these mosques serve that population?
    as always, enjoy visiting.
    hope all is well with you

  10. debicates says:


    I love the blue mountains.

  11. fickeinpink says:

    a peaceful place to pray…

    have a great weekend!
    Come watch the sky with me!
    Happy Weekend ahead!


  12. Marvelous and interesting captures as always, Susie! I used to think we had an overload of churches — particularly in the south, but I think you’ve definitely got us beat in numbers of mosques. Wishing you a lovely weekend!


  13. ewok1993 says:

    That’s a good location for a mosque, quiet and peaceful.

    Speaking of many mosques, we were in cairo in nov and asked for directions to the money changer. we were instructed outside the train station there’s a mosque, the money changer is on the street to its left.

    we went out of the station and saw three mosques 🙂 already. needless to say, we didn’t change our money until much later 🙂

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