Umm al-Qura Mosque in Baghdad - Iraq
The Umm al-Qura (“Mother of All Cities”) mosque in Baghdad 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 ‘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 $7.5 million to build, the mosque’s cornerstone was laid on Saddam’s 65th 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.;
Address: Um Al-Quraa Mosque
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