The mosque stands in the center of the city, on the north-west side of the space once known as Artillery Square (place des Canons), then as Martyrs’ Square and finally as Independence Square. It is north-east of the Maronite church of St. George, near the remains of the Roman Law School.
There is no denying that this new monument enriches Beirut with its esthetic, religious, cultural and national qualities. The foundation stone was laid in the year 2003 by then Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri, who considered it his own personal project, one which however was completed only after his death. His mortal remains repose there in a site adjacent to the mosque.
Mohammad Ameen Mosque presents 10,700m2 of floor space distributed over four stories. At the corners stand four minarets each over 72 meters high, while the dome rises over 42 meters above the floor devoted to public prayer. By its architecture the mosque has an Ottoman aspect, recalling Aghia Sophia of Constantinople, with however a Lebanese touch and illustrations and various details in Mamluke Egyptian style.
The color of the stone employed is yellow ochre. The dome is of a clear blue with touches of gold that give an effect of richness under the blaze of the Lebanese sun.