"A Mosque for Gibraltar" Mosques / Shrines / Churches Tip by Bwana_Brown
Mosques / Shrines / Churches, Gibraltar: 26 reviews and 41 photos
Our #3 bus took us on a switchback ride up the rocky slopes to Europa Point, located at the southern end of the Rock of Gibraltar. The bus finally came to rest on the point, where it sat for 15-minutes before beginning the return journey. While there, we had a quick look at one of the nearby attractions - the impressive looking Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque (also known as the "King Fahd bin Abdulaziz al-Saud Mosque" or the "Mosque of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques" depending on who you are talking to). By the way, the white line running across the background peaks is some sort of surface pipeline.
Although only about 7% of the Gibraltar population are Muslim, King Fahd of Saudi Arabia felt that the colony should have a significant Muslim structure to commemorate the many hundreds of years when Muslims ruled supreme in this little outpost of Europe. Two years and five million pounds later, the Ibrahim-al-Ibrahim Mosque was opened in 1997 to serve the colony's 2000-strong Muslim population.
While looking at the Mosque, I noticed a smaller crenellated and historic looking building located next door. It turns out that this castle-like structure was built by Royal Engineers in 1988 as part of the refurbishment of an older building located there beside a large water storage cistern known as the "Nun's Well". After all the seiges Gibraltar has been through, the authorities made sure that they always had enough clean drinking water on hand!
Directions: On the flat land at Europa Point
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