Shatr AlMasjid: The Art of Orientation is a major exhibition that explores this concept in detail, taking stock of the mosque’s historical meaning, evolution and function. Serving as the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture’s (Ithra) first exhibition for 2021, it examines the meanings and contexts behind these structures, their interiors and their artifacts.

The exhibition looks at how they served not only as places of worship but also as community spaces with diverse functions. It offers heightened knowledge about, understanding of and appreciation for mosques and the objects and artwork they contain, providing insight into the mosque and its social, religious and artistic history.

The exhibit brings together the largest collection of Islamic art masterpieces ever displayed in the Kingdom in unprecedented partnerships on global and national level. It features several pieces originally from the Two Holy Mosques of Makkah and Medina on loan from the National Museum in Riyadh, 84 works from the Museum of Islamic Arts in Cairo under the direction of the Supreme Council of Egyptian Antiquities, and 34 objects from Ithra’s collection.

The objects on display include a minbar, mihrab niches, examples of calligraphy, prayer rugs, mosque lamps and Qur’anic manuscripts. The exhibition also presents high-quality Ithra-commissioned models of mosques from around the world. These mosques were chosen either for their role in the evolution of the mosque or because they represent the cultural diversity of mosque architecture. They include structures from Indonesia, China, Mali, Syria, Iraq, Uzbekistan, Egypt and the original Prophet’s Mosque in Medina.

Ithra has also created five virtual-reality walkthroughs of mosques for the exhibition, including the Two Holy Mosques of Makkah and Medina.

Discover The Art of Orientation

Dates & Location

Thursday 7th - 30th January, 2021

Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM,
Thu: 09:00 AM - 09:00 PM, 09:00 AM - 10:00 PM,
Fri: 04:00 PM - 10:00 PM,

Museum - Gallery 3

All Ages

English, Arabic

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SAR 35

- Requires Ithra Museum admission tickets.