Earlier last week, my family and I played a game of “Tourist in our Own City” and it was a massive success. In today’s post I’ll be showing you one of those places, which you can see from the title is The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque here in Muscat, Oman.
A little bit of background about this architectural beauty: In 1992 Sultan Qaboos directed that his country should have a Grand Mosque, and after a competition held determining its design, the final construction was done and open to tourists in 2001. A major feature of the design of the interior is the prayer carpet which covers the floor of the prayer hall and took four years to produce.
The chandelier above the praying hall (pictured left) used to be the world’s largest chandelier, before being replaced by the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is made of 24 carat gold and Swarovski crystals. Can I get one in my room?
Here’s a picture of me on the grounds surrounding the mosque, wearing an abaya. Dressing modestly is a must for tourists at the mosque so make sure you read up on the requirements before visiting!
Overall, it was a lovely and serene place to visit. I love the tranquility in any place of worship, be it a mosque, church, temple, or anything else, and the Grand Mosque had tranquil written all over it! Definitely will be visiting it again.