Moschea e Centro Islamico Culturale d’Italia

Viale della Moschea, 85, Roma, Italy

The Great Mosque of Rome is one of architects Paul Portuguese’s masterpieces, a peculiar synthesis of different artistic traditions with aesthetic content of Islamic spirituality. The architect wanted a large dome as a distinctive element, evoking the famous Turkish mosques but also the Roman domes, from the Pantheon to St. Peter; In fact, the floor plan, such as the classic mosque, sees the partnership of two forms: the plant square and the circle of the dome.

The internal space is divided into a sequence of 32 clustered pillars, which are connected to the vaulted domes with twisted and innervated elements, dematerializing the light and giving a sense of vagueness and spirituality. The outside columns also evoke the gesture of praying hands.