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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Muscat, OMAN





There exist many beautiful mosqs in the world but I found the interior image of this one particularly stunning. Oman looks very inviting in general.

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Wikipedia INfo:
In 1992 His Majesty Sultan Qaboos directed that his country of Oman should have a Grand Mosque. A competition for its design took place in 1993 and after a site was chosen, construction commenced in 1995. Total construction time: more than six years.

The Mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. The main musalla (prayer hall) is square (external dimensions 74.4x74.4 m) with a central dome rising to a height of 50m above the floor. The dome and the main minaret (90m) and four flanking minarets (45.5m) are the mosque’s chief visual features.

The main musalla can hold over 6,500 worshippers, while the women’s musalla can accommodate 750 worshippers. The outer paved ground can hold 8,000 worshippers and there is additional space available in the interior courtyard and the passageways, making a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshippers.

A major feature of the design of the interior is the prayer carpet which covers the floor of the prayer hall. It contains 1,700 million knots, weighs 21 tonnes, took 4 years to produce, and brings together the classical Tabriz, Kashan and Isfahan design traditions. 28 colours in varying shades were used, the majority obtained from traditional vegetable dyes. It is the largest single piece carpet in the world. The world's largest hand-woven carpet was produced by Iran Carpet Company (ICC) at the order of the Diwan of the Royal Court of Sultanate of Oman to cover the entire floor of the main praying hall of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (SQGM) in Muscat. The carpet measures over 70×60 meters, and covers the 4343 square meter area of the praying hall, all in a single piece.

The Mosque is built on a site occupying 416,000 square metres and the complex extends to cover an area of 40,000 square metres. The newly built Grand Mosque was inaugurated by His Majesty the Sultan of Oman on May 4, 2001.

Info taken from:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sultan_Qaboos_Grand_Mosque

More & Country Info:
http://www.omanet.om/english/Relegious/grandmosq.asp

CIA World Factbook OMAN:
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/mu.html