Having spent 12 days in the United Arab Emirates, I´m back with lots of photos of this, the grandest of all buildings on earth! (my opinion).
On Friday prayer, this complex houses 40 000 people. The carpet in the main prayer hall is 5 600 square meters. It took 1200 women two years to make it.
You will see more of it in the next few days.
Here is some additional info from Wikipedia:
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Arabic: جامع الشيخ زايد الكبير) is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates and is considered to be the key for worship in the country.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was initiated by the late President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who wanted to establish a structure which unites the cultural diversity of Islamic world, the historical and modern values of architecture and art. His final resting place is located on the grounds beside the same mosque. The mosque was constructed from 1996 to 2007. It is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the eighth largest mosque in the world. The mosque site is equivalent to the size five football[clarification needed] fields approximately.
As the country's grand mosque, it is the key place of worship for Friday gathering and Eid prayers. During Eid it can be visited more than 40,000 people.
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lousat (67045) 2013-12-10 9:26
Hi Goran,absolutely great this capture of thie big mosque of Abu Dhabi! A perfect choice of the moment with the best light so well exposed to create a magic contrast with the blue sky,fantastic details despite the distance,i like a lot the cut of the pic too,very interesting and very well done! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
carlo62 (22265) 2013-12-10 10:07
bel colpo, immagine semplice ed essenziale, la sua efficacia è tutta qui.
La candida architettura risalta contro il blu del cielo e si lascia osservare perfettamente.
ourania (21360) 2013-12-10 10:29
welcome back! I hope you had a pleasant visit to the U.A.E. This surely is an awesome building and I like this photo as an introduction to your series. You've focused on the upper part of the mosque and given us an opportunity to study it. You've adjusted the frame to the architecture very nicely and the elegant patterns of the significant architecture are outlined superbly against the blue sky. You moderated the brightness of the homogeneous white tones with great efficiency, details are clear and attractive. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
worldcitizen (6021) 2013-12-10 10:34
This definitely is a beautiful, and large, building. I've seen other photos here on TE, and I know how lavish the interior is. I look forward to seeing your versions of this special place. The white against the blue sky is so striking. I also like the contrast between the small domes and the tall minarets. Very nice!
jemaflor (76546) 2013-12-10 11:05
Great architecture, perfect presentatiuon, good format and white with a capture well managed, tfs.
dkmurphys (44044) 2013-12-10 11:26
Spectacular structure taken in a perfect blue sky background. Well seen, great work.
Have a nice day.
Antipodean (1391) 2013-12-10 11:31
Kia ora Goran (greetings from New Zealand),
great shot. The brilliant white of the mosque against the blue sky is some what reminiscent of classic photos of the Taj Mahal. Always brings out the best in such buildings. Cheers, Neil
boa (5092) 2013-12-10 13:24
det måste ha varit härligt att komma iväg från höstrusket ett par veckor:) Fin överblick av Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Den gör sig verkligen bra mot den ständigt(?) blå himlen. Skarp bild i ett bra format, jag ser fram emot dina kommande bilder från UAE.
krzychu30 (14342) 2013-12-10 13:31
magnificent capture of this impressive Mosque!
Just love the color scheme of it and so expressive contrast between white and blue.
PS.Have you also visited Dubai?I´m flying there in March.
Waylim (24302) 2013-12-10 17:11
Beautiful shot. Love the contrast between the white and blue. This really stir my curiosity and appetite as I will be there next year in April.
Excellent photo with good quality and good light.
Corry (3348) 2013-12-10 20:21
Une magnifique photo de cette grande mosquée blanche et or sur fond de ciel bleu. La ligne de verdure au bas de la photo ajoute à la composition. Je suis impressionné par la simplicité et la beauté de cette photo. Une très belle réussite. Tout simplement Bravo.
emka (67229) 2013-12-10 23:35
Interesting to spend 12 days in Arab emirates abut I see on this photo it is well worth doing. Fantastic mosque (I am fan of mosques), amazing shot in white in blue, like from one thousand and one night. well done!
WArm regrads Malgo
Nicou (109607) 2013-12-11 2:19
quelle mervielle et iamge sueprbe cpatage et vue sur cette mosqueée quel blanc pur avec le touches dorées la coupole les minarets la totalité de la mosqueé que l'ont voit c'est mervielleux.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (40192) 2013-12-11 6:17
an immaculate shot this. The quality is just astounding as is your presentation. The light and detailing are just wonderful and the result an image of real beauty and admiration. Stunning! I love it!
saxo042 (35146) 2013-12-11 6:48
En synnerligen snyggt beskuren bild med an mycket väl balanserad komposition. Den vita byggnaden mot den blå himlen är helt perfekt.
Silvio1953 (109205) 2013-12-11 10:47
Ciao Goran, great view of fascinating architecture, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
SnapRJW (26034) 2013-12-11 22:39
Hello Goran - Blue and white is a classic combination of colours and here with your simple and extremely attractive composition the appeal is amplified. The mosque pictured here has such elegant lines and together the minarets and domes are a fine sight as they are projected against the sky. A fascinating look at Middle Eastern classical architecture. Warm regards rosemary
Cricri (95323) 2013-12-12 11:00
Quelle beauté cette grande mosquée blanche avec les quelques détails dorés, belle prise de la lumière, très belle présentation
Noel_Byrne (16143) 2013-12-15 8:12
I must agree, this place is truly spectacular. The onion domes and so many of them have such a fine design, and the white finish of the building stands out so beautifully against the excellent blue sky. The minarets rise like spiritual skyscrapers into the sky. Your note is excellent too, thank you as it gives an excellent feeling of the scale here.
fotka (2811) 2014-01-10 5:49
Indeed it is very impressive building. Very modern design of mosque with four minarets. Nice presentation of white building with the blue sky in the background. Great colors, light, sharpness and interesting note.
Have a nice 2014!