Built-in 1906 by Hajji Hamoudi whom it is named after, Hamoudi mosque has the capacity to accommodate about 1,000 worshippers. Designed in the Abbassid architectural style which emerged between 750 and 945 AD during the Abbassid Caliphate in Mesopotamia, it stands as one of the oldest mosques in the country.
Hamoudi mosque is located in the downtown of Djibouti city, the capital of Djibouti, and It is considered one of the most iconic structures of the city. The mosque is more precisely located in Place Mahmoud Harbi, which is actually the official name of the bus station in Djibouti city.
The mosque stands on a triangular corner island that gives a unique shape to the building, a shape from which some people might say that it looks similar to the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. There are no clear sources when was the exact year of the construction of the mosque, although there are sources that state 1906, and some between 1913 and 1920, but both are stating that it was built by an Arab businessman named Hajji Hamoudi.
The mosque itself is really colorful on the outside, with mostly white color, but there is also green, yellow, brown color, and blue on the single minaret the mosque has. As one of the very few city attractions for tourists to see while in the capital of Djibouti, it gives a specific amazing skyline of the city.
When to visit the Hamoudi Mosque Djibouti
Since it’s a place of worship those who would like to take tours to see the mosque may visit any day except Friday when the big Juma prayers are being held and the place really gets crowded by worshipers so it’s not a good idea to visit.
Also, travelers can avoid visiting during lunchtime as this is an hour of prayers, and guidelines to visiting the Mosque from the Guides should be followed in order to give respect to the place of worship.