The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
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- The Sultan Qaboos Grand MosqueMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Jan 10, 2013
This gorgeous mosque is an architectural highlight of Oman. The design is more organic than the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and I found it to be equally impressive despite its smaller scale.
The mosque is open from 8 a.m. - 11 a.m. Sat - Thurs for visitors. Arrive early to avoid the heat. Attire guidelines for the mosque are the same as for others in the region. You may ignore the Lonely Planet guidance which incorrectly says no jeans -- they are allowed for foreign visitors.
- The Sultan Qaboos Grand MosqueJan 05, 2013
A must see - despite my scepticism on this spend thrift trend of building mosques on the grand scale, I have to admit that this is something special. Most likely the Abu Dhabi mosque cost more to build but it is not a patch on the class and quality of finish on display. Best time is to visit in the evenings. The main hall is truly spectacular.
- The Sultan Qaboos Grand MosqueFirst to ReviewJul 05, 2012
Located In ( Azaiba )
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the main Mosque in the Sultanate of Oman.
The Mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. The main musalla (prayer hall) is square (external dimensions 74.4 x 74.4 metres) with a central dome rising to a height of fifty metres above the floor. The dome and the main minaret (90 metres) and four flanking minarets (45.5 metres) are the mosque’s chief visual features. The main musalla can hold over 6,500 worshippers, while the women’s musalla can accommodate 750 worshipers. The outer paved ground can hold 8,000 worshipers and there is additional space available in the interior courtyard and the passageways, making a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshipers.
A major feature of the design of the interior is the prayer carpet which covers the floor of the prayer hall. It contains, 1,700,000 knots, weighs 21 tonnes and took four years to produce, and brings together the classical Tabriz, Kashan and Isfahan design traditions. 28 colors in varying shades were used, the majority obtained from traditional vegetable dyes. It is the second largest single piece carpet in the world
Photo taken by Photographer
(Hussain Al Bahrani)