Photographer's Note

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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