Castle Garden Mosque - Germany
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Germany's first mosque can be found in the gardens of
It is designed by French architect Nicolas de Pigage (1723-1796). This is
largest oriental style building in a German-speaking country.
Schwetzingen Castle is a palace in the German state (Bundesland) of Baden-
Württemberg. Schwetzingen was the summer residence of the Electors-
Palatine Karl III Philip and Charles Theodore. It is situated in
roughly equidistant from the electors' seats at Heidelberg and Mannheim and
is most notable for its spacious and ornate gardens. It is the principal
the annual Schwetzingen Festival.
Schwetzingen Castle Mosque (built from 1779 to 1796) is the only surviving
century garden mosque still in existence in Europe. This eye-catching pink
at Schwetzingen built at a time when the Turkish style was fashionable in
built by a French architect for the Prince Elector of the Palatinate as part
of a palace
complex. At first glance, the mosque seems to be something out of a story
the Arabian Nights. It combines elements from Moorish Islamic architecture
the exoticism of tales from the Arabian Nights.
It is extravagant and ornate and still captures the imagination of visitors
with its east-
ern charm. The interior is also oriental in style with a floor of marble
sides of the building are adorned with minarets. The ceiling is decorated
work and the cornice is supported by eight pilasters. The walls are
paintings and gilding. Inside the priests' chambers reinforce the impression
of a "real"
mosque. Walking through the colonnades with their interplay of light and
shadow is a
delight. Verses from the Qur'an can be found on the outer walls and on the
the dome. It remains closed on Monday.
Unfortunately it was never intended for prayer but later served religious
various times. Now you can say with sorrowfully that this is not a mosque
mosque style building which uses for a tourism purpose only.
Schwetzingen Castle Garden Mosque
Schwetzingen Mosque in Germany