Qatar: Katara Mosque

One of the most striking and unusual mosques in Qatar and the Arabian Peninsula is the Katara Mosque. The mosque was designed by a famous Turkish mosque architecture and incorporates artistic elements of many famous mosques – not in scale but in the blue hand-painted tiles and glasswork. The mosque is very ornate inside and out, as is the standalone single minaret. But perhaps by far the most striking part of the mosque are three pigeon towers outside, almost resembling the mosques in Mali. Traditionally, pigeon towers were designed to collect pigeon droppings, which were used as a fertilizer for farming.