Golden Mosque

Satellite image of the Golden Mosque (Masjid Al-Dahab) in Quiapo, Manila.

The Masjid al-Dahab, more popularly known as the Golden Mosque (Wikipedia), is the religious center of Muslims in Metro Manila. While there are sizable Muslim communities in Diliman and Taguig, most of the metropolis’ Islam adherents live in Quiapo and Binondo, close to the largest mosque in Metro Manila.

The Golden Mosque is so-called because of the color of its central dome. The mosque was ordered constructed by Imelda Marcos in 1976 in order to coincide with the state visit of Libyan strongman Muammar al-Gaddafi in order to help broker peace with the Muslim separatists in Mindanao. The visit did not materialize, however, and it was the First Lady instead who would visit Libya. The mosque remained and became the center of Islam in Manila.

Ground-level photo of the Golden Mosque of Quiapo looking south along Gunao St.Photo by dominic’s holga.

The Golden Mosque stands at the end of Globo de Oro Street, which aptly means “golden globe.” (I don’t know whether the two names are related, but it’s highly probable that they are.) The mosque is large enough to accommodate 3,000 worshipers and is usually packed full during the Islamic day of worship every Friday at noon.

You might be interested to know that Friday is also known as “Quiapo Day” because that’s the day of worship (aside from the Sunday masses) for the devotees of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Church just a few hundred meters to the northwest of the mosque. (I also don’t know whether the fact that the church and mosque celebrate their special days on the same weekday is a coincidence or not.) Because of this, motorists are well-advised to avoid Quiapo on Fridays.

Muslims once ruled Manila until 1570 when Miguel López de Legazpi soundly defeated the ruling Muslim leaders like Rajah Sulayman and established Manila as the capital of Spanish Philippines. Today, only the Golden Mosque stands as the major reminder of the presence of Islam in the capital city.

See more pictures and learn more about the Golden Mosque at the Pinoy Travel Blog.

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June 19, 2007
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  1. bob wrote on June 20, 2007 @ 03:33AM

    hey there! This whole google map blog is a great idea. Who would’ve thought of that, blogging about places you’ve never even been to. Hehehe. Nice! I actually have Google Earth in here, and find it very useful indeed. . Also, I think I’ve linked you in one of my previous blogs. You were still using “Vaes9” as handle. Didn’t know you’re friends with Drei until Rick (of projectmanila) posted about his Lakbayan score. Got a “D” nga pala. Hehehe. Maybe it’s high time to do my own travelling. Keep it up!

  2. Eugene wrote on June 21, 2007 @ 03:48AM

    Hi bob! This Vista Pinas blog idea came from the Google Sightseeing blog. If you like this, you’ll probably like that one too.

    I’m still using vaes9: that’s the name of my primary blog.

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