Covering 40,000 sq metres, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, built on a raised podium to elevate it from ground level, took 6 years to build. It stands prominently overlooking the main highway through Muscat in Al Khuwair.
It can accommodate up to 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.
A major feature of the main prayer hall is the hand-made Persian carpet consisting of 1,700 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 in its' making.
The mosque was completed and then inaugurated by His Majesty the Sultan in May 2001.
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coco (30439) 2010-01-02 5:20
Hi Robert and welcome to TE (and also, why not, happy new year).
Simple but very smart and great photo. Composition, subject, exposure and everything works perfectly.
leo61 (0) 2010-01-02 9:26
A good shot from a country we don`t see often here at te.
I like the composition with the illumunated mosque and the nice colors of the sky.
WELCOME TO TREKEARTH and
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
- Copyright: Robert Murray (robmurray) (6)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-10-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40, AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8G
- Exposure: f/1.8, 1/30 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-01-02 4:29