This is a new large Mosque erected from 1995 to 2001 in the center of Masqat. The surface of the mosque is 40 000m².
A major feature of the main prayer hall is the hand-made Persian carpet consisting of 1700 million knots, weighing 21 tonnes and made in a single piece measuring 70 x 60 metres. From design stage it took 4 years complete and 600 female weavers from province of Khurasan in Iran were involved.
As a relatively new mosque I was tempted to compare it to the Casablanca mosque I visited last year. From the outside, it may look similar and convey the same aspects.
Inside though, I felt far more comfortable with its decoration, marbles, wooden panels, richely decorated ceilings, beautiful carpets, amazing Swarovski crystal chandeliers with gold-plated metalwork hangs (the longest is 14m high). I felt it was full of space but also of spirit whereas the Casablanca was tasteless to me as if it was too modern, too new.
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Leonidas2008 (0) 2008-04-03 12:09
Great piece of architecture. Excellent sharpness and realization. Nothing to claim here.
Wish I could see it live.
jackart (6702) 2008-04-03 12:49
What a wonderfull place! what an amazing architecture! Great harmony of shapes and great clarity of Your shot! I like it a lot. Well done!
smarcell (19963) 2008-04-03 13:25
Shiny and bright. A very good perspective, with the wide angle pov.
An architecture so different from the european standards.
Interesting and nice
lilimih33 (9918) 2008-04-03 14:40
What a nice palce and what a beautiful composition!
Nice point of view and perfect detail and clarity!
jmdias (57537) 2008-04-04 7:57
it is a very nice pov, the light is perfect and the subject is marvelous too. I liked this compo very much but I think a little of the lower area could have been cut off, concentrating attention in the minaret itself
brandstaetter (15915) 2008-04-04 14:10
wow what a floor, thanks Steven for the note also...
Excellent exposure in difficult (white) surroundings.
Stepan (27210) 2008-04-16 23:52
Elle est géniale cette mosquée et ta compo exprime bien la majesté et la classe de l'endroit. Tout comme sa géométrie d'ailleurs. J'aurais peut être juste un peu croppé l'avant-plan qui est un peu "vide". Je n'avais pas pensé à l'analogie avec Casablanca, mais c'est juste. Et moi aussi, je préfere aussi celle de Mascate.
francio64 (39401) 2008-06-11 15:07
Magnifico POV, ottimo contrasto, perfetta definizione, magnifici colori, cosa devo dire di più?
tcgt1979 (156) 2008-09-05 7:26
The picture is indeed excellent!
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-03-27
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon 17-40/4L USM, Digital RAW, Hama UV 77 mm
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/640 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2008-04-03 11:15