Ever thought of a vacation to picturesque Oman? Then you must definitely stop at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque set in a gorgeous backdrop of extensive gardens and brilliant lightings. The Grand Mosque is a perfect example of a blend of architectural styles. Renowned for its largest crystal chandelier and magnificent classical prayer carpet, it creates an everlasting impression on every tourist to Oman.
The Grand Mosque Muscat, built on a site of 416,000 sqm, was opened in 2001 to celebrate 30 years of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said’s reign. The Sultan Qaboos Mosque consists of four sections: the main prayer hall, a women’s prayer hall, a library, and a lecture theater. An exquisite pattern of mosaic works greets you at the entrance and leads you to the graceful arches built in brilliant colored sandstone.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque prayer hall is large enough to hold over 6,500 people and altogether it has a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshipers, which includes the women’s musalla and additional space in the interior courtyard and the passageways.
More than 600,000 shining bright Swarovski crystals would shimmer at you once you enter the men’s prayer hall. The gigantic chandelier measures 14 m and weighs 8.5 tons and has a 24-carat gold plating. It has a diameter of 8 m and 1,122 halogen lamps are operated through 36 switching circuits inside. It took more than four years to complete this immense work. Smaller chandeliers of the same design are hung in other parts of the grand mosque.
The fascinating prayer carpet is woven in an intricate pattern of 28 colors of altering shades and takes in antique Persian designs from Tabriz, Kashan, and Isfahan. Touch and feel this fine hand-woven carpet which weighs 21 tonnes and covers the 4,343 sqm area of the Sultan Qaboos Mosque prayer hall. It took 600 weavers to finish this exquisite work with 1,700 million knots.
Love books? Glance through an impressive collection of 20,000 books in the vast mosque library. It is considered as a cultural landmark of Omani Renaissance. Of course, you won’t have time to read any!
The Oman Grand Mosque is one of the only mosques in Oman, which is open to all visitors. Non-Muslim visitors are also allowed here. Dress modestly when you visit the Grand Mosque Oman. Men and women must wear long trousers, and women must cover shoulders and hair. Children under ten are not permitted into the prayer halls, and use of cell phones is not encouraged.
Also don’t forget to return at sunset or at night to take amazing photographs and capture the grandeur of an architecture that is worth every second of your amazing tour to the land of Sindbad!
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Sultanate of Oman
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