The Grand Mosque

gold-finials-minaret.jpgIt’s officially known as Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Mosque.

Wow! 

It may not be quite finished but it’s stunning.

Third largest in the world.  From Italy – the largest main-prayer-hall.jpgchandelier in the world.  From Iran – the largest handmade carpet in the world.  White marble from Greece.  In fact, about 200 different types of marble from around the world.  Hand painted tiles from Turkey.  Hand carved ceilings by Moroccan craftsmen.  Three main domes, four minarets.  I’ve forgotten how many pillars, but a lot.  An area of 22,000 sq m.  Marble and mother of pearl marquetry, marble relief decor, mosaics, acres of gold leaf, concealed lighting. It’s taken 10 years to build and there’s a little way to go yet.  If you go to the Emirates, you must go and visit this mosque.no-hugging.jpg

Oh, and no hugging. 

 

 

 

 

Some photos in Bubbleshare:-

 

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10 thoughts on “The Grand Mosque

  1. its one of the biggest mosqe i ever seen and i went all around the world and going to different mosqe to pray. so, i think i should go there the next time…..

  2. Hilmi, you must put this mosque into your travel plans! We were there early in the morning and it was very peaceful with a lovely atmosphere.

  3. and just how many people could have been fed or received medical care for the cost of this??

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