Photographer's Note

In my last trip, I visited two magnificent mosques: in Abu Dhabi and in Muscat.
When in Oman there is one attraction that stands out from the rest, which is known for its grand stature and mystified history. Naturally, the Grand Mosque is going to be one of the highlights of your visit to Muscat. The full name of this magnificent structure is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which dominates the Muscat skyline.

The mosque used to have the worlds largest carpet and chandelier, but Emiratis and Qataris came to measure the interior and made bigger versions in new mosques to steal the title. Regardless of titles and records, the Mosque is still pretty impressive. The chandelier is located in the center of the mens prayer hall and measures a staggering 14 meters and weighs 8,5 tons. It holds 600,000 shining bright Swarovski crystals, 24 carat gold plating and took more than four years to complete.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is one of the only mosques in Oman that allows non-Muslim visitors.
The mosque was completed in 2001 and took six years to build. It covers a massive area of 416,000 square meters, and can hold up to 20,000 worshipers. The building itself is made up of 300,000 tons of sandstone.

The area around the mosque is beautifully kept. The marble floor is so well polished, that there are reflections as if it was covered with the water.
Much better to see :
the large version.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12752 W: 133 N: 32971] (151161)
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