Umm Al-Qura Mosque, Baghdad

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The Umm al-Qura Mosque ("Mother of All Cities") is a mosque located in Baghdad, Iraq. It is the city's largest place of worship for Sunni Muslims. Originally called the Umm al-Ma'arik ("Mother of All Battles") mosque, it was designed to commemorate Saddam Hussein's self-proclaimed victory in the 1991 Gulf War and was intended to serve as a personal tribute to Saddam himself. It is located in the Sunni-populated al-Adel area of western Baghdad. Costing US$7.5 million to build, the mosque's cornerstone was laid on Saddam's 61st birthday on 28 April 1998. It was formally completed on 28 April 2001 in time for the ten-year anniversary of the Gulf War.
Although never confirmed by his regime or himself during his lifetime, there has been speculation that it was intended to have been Saddam's final resting place.
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  • From the minarets like kalashnikova and the turrets like scuds to the Koran locked away in its depths written in Saddam Hussein's blood, this mosque exudes messages and mysteries. Easy to see from...  more »
  • the Mosque was built at Nineties , renewing many times after 2003 events. Nowadays it is the Headquarters of the Iraqi Sunni Affairs  more »
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