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Address: Abiquiu, NM
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Mosque built in 1981 by a world-renowned Egyptian architect.

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Did a lot of hiking in NM and it was all great. But this was a different planet with very few visitors. Wear sturdy shoes and a hat don't forget to carry water

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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San Francisco
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Strange to find a mosque here but the history is even stranger. An enormous amount of Saudi money poured in here a few decades ago. A well known Egyptian architect designed interlocking dome structure for the school without considering the New Mexico weather. An eventual collapse of the roof (due to ice forming and thawing in the joints of the... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Did a lot of hiking in NM and it was all great. But this was a different planet with very few visitors. Wear sturdy shoes and a hat don't forget to carry water

Thank BuyLocalCH
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377 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

You can drive back here...be sure to get directions...and it is a different world...best rock formations we found in all of new mexico..and secluded. God bless the owners for allowing visitors to this incredibly beautiful area.

Thank AaronFWA
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Had to ask for directions and it is a long winding up hill drive on gravel and rocks, but so worth it to see the beautiful Mosque in the high Abiquiu desert and the view is spectacular.

Thank paintapicture
Abiquiu, New Mexico, United States
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21 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

No one was around to welcome us or provide any information. We wandered around and left. Dar al Islam is very close to Plaza Blanca.

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La Grange, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Two special sites on this visit. The narrow sandy and rocky road will lead you straight to the site of the Muslim community and their lovely mosque. Groups can arrange a tour. I think that would be very informative and enjoyable. Look for the "office" to the right of the parking lot for general directions. I found a warm welcome... More 

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We received directions that underestimated the length of the road to the turnoff at the gates (really about 3 miles). It's a gentle, easy hike even for someone with a problematic knee. Wildflowers bloomed all around us, little lizards zipped by, and birds coasted silently overhead. Totally peaceful.

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Washington DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Small, isolated, quietly beautiful...near the Plaza Blanca and worth a stop if you are in the area. Built by the Saudis, the mosque today is used for various programs...but all the features (including lovely tile work and the foot baths) of a larger building are here.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This mosque was designed by a famous Egyptian architect, Hassan Fathy, known for his vernacular architecture. I called ahead to be sure it was open, and was assured that I was welcome to visit, but that only the mosque is open, not the other buildings. The directions on the website were helpful, as it is several miles off the main... More 

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san francisco, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

I can't tell when the mosque is open from its website. When we pulled up, the gate was down, so we parked by the road and walked in. It's about a mile walk to the mosque from the road in full sunlight (no shade), but I don't mind the sun and the scenery is breathtaking.

1 Thank JVZ

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