The Gigantic Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The overall view of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The overall view of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

June 2, 2011 – It was a fine Saturday with a blazing temperature of 45⁰C. Together with my family and two of our dearest friends, Gabby and Elena, headed to Muscat and had an enjoyable 15-hours getaway. It was actually a great way to spend the weekend!

The garden right at the entranceof the mosque

The garden right at the entranceof the mosque

The first stop of our journey is the country’s famous Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque located in Ghala, Muscat. This gigantic mosque has an area of 416,000 square metres covering the fully consolidated space and landscaping. The Mosque complex (covering 40,000 square metres) is constructed on a raised podium in keeping with the tradition of Omani mosques. It can accommodate 20,000 worshippers and consists of a main prayer hall, ladies prayer hall, covered passageways, a meeting hall, and library which will eventually contain up to 20,000 books.

I love flowers so much that i can't help myself taking pictures at the colorful garden

I love flowers so much that i can’t help myself taking pictures at the colorful garden

The mosque also described as the crowning glory of Oman. When you get into the place, you will be amazed with the surrounding gardens beautifully landscaped in traditional Islamic style.

The view of the building's wall design

The view of the building’s wall design

As you get closer to the buildings, you will find gilded murals in floral and geometric patterns that delicately decorated the walls. This is a basic signature in the arabic old times.

Beautifully crafted lamp found in the hallways

Beautifully crafted lamp found in the hallways

Old suspended lamps highlighted the hallways and patios creating a dramatic view and atmosphere at night.

The interior is constructed almost entirely of marble in colors of gray and off white. Tile work that are in various floral patterns add a sense of elegance to the many murals that are found in the hallways of the mosque.

The hallways are carefully designed and decorated with lamps

The hallways are carefully designed and decorated with lamps

The mosuqe has an entrance located on the left side of the hall with a series of symmetrical white stone archways. In this side, you can also find washing rooms for worshippers to cleanse their feet before praying.

The left side entrance

The left side entrance

On the right side of the mosque is another passageways. This directly facing the Muscat superhighway.

The hallways on the right side

The hallways on the right side

The scenic look of the mosque from the superhighway

The scenic look of the mosque from the superhighway

Another distinctive feature found in the area are minarets. At the center is a 91.5 metre high main minaret. This minaret and four others symbolise the five pillars of Islam.

The highest minaret which symbolizes Fasting - normally practice during Ramadhan

The highest minaret which symbolizes Fasting – normally practice during Ramadhan

You can just imagine how tall that tower is.

It is me standing before the highest minaret

It is me standing before the highest minaret

At the garden area is where you can see the other four minarets. A symbol of five pillars of Islam with a height of 45 metres high.

Andrei taking a pose at the garden area, at the back is one of the minarets.

Andrei taking a pose at the garden area, at the back is one of the minarets.

The interesting section of the mosque is the main prayer hall. There is an imposing wooden doorway carved with verses from the Koran provides access to the hall. Right on top is the famous golden dome.

Entrance to the main prayer hall

Entrance to the main prayer hall

The main prayer hall, which is called a musalla, can house up to seven thousand worshippers at once. At the center is the gigantic chandelier mostly made of gold plated metal work, and it is covered in Swarovski crystals.The famous Persian carpet is used as a prayer carpet. It is the largest hand-woven carpet in the world. Weighing over 21 tons, it took four years to complete.

The panoramic view of the huge prayer hall

The panoramic view of the huge prayer hall

The chandelier is another point of interest with a length of over fourteen meters tall.

The magnificient chandelier that makes the point of visitor's attraction.

The magnificient chandelier that makes the point of visitor’s attraction.

The Grand Mosque is also used as an epicenter of Islamic learning. Verses from the Koran, framed in gold, adorn the walls of the prayer hall.

Verses from Qu'ran engraved in this wall

Verses from Qu’ran engraved in this wall

To farthest end of the prayer hall is the focal center that worshippers have to face while praying. They say, this wall directly points to Mecca, the holy land of Islam.

my family with Ms. Elena

my family with Ms. Elena

The mosque was indeed a remarkable masterpiece for Oman. This also a legacy of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, as a gift for his beloved countrymen.

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