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Oman Diaries: A visit to the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The Bloggers at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The Bloggers (Manjulika, Mithun & myself) at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

While I was a resident in Muscat, I wasn’t able to visit the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque as something or the other always came up. But I finally got my chance when I came in as a tourist courtesy Ministry of Tourism, Oman & Indiblogger.

The minaret stands tall - An architectural masterpiece

The minaret stands tall – An architectural masterpiece

Stunning art work..

Stunning art work..

Architectural marvel..

Architectural marvel..

Exquisite work on the doors..

Exquisite work on the doors..

Built using 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone, the Sultan Qaboos Mosque is an architectural marvel which was built over a period of about 6 years. It’s dome and the main minaret are at a height of 90 meters while the other 4 surrounding minarets are at 45.5 meters. It can accommodate about 20,000 worshippers at one time.

The exquisitely designed carpet..

The exquisitely designed carpet..

The designs and the colours in the carpet are really beautiful..

The designs and the colours in the carpet are really beautiful..

The mosque is really famous for it’s carpet and the chandelier. The carpet created by weavers from Iran and having more than 28 different colours is one of the largest single hand woven carpets (4263 sqm) in the world. This carpet weighs 21 tons and took more than 600 weavers about 4 years to make the same.

One of the largest chandeliers in the world..

One of the largest chandeliers in the world..

The chandelier which hangs about 14 meters from the ceiling, has a diameter of 8 meters and weighs more than 8.5 tons is regarded as one of the largest chandeliers in the world. It is completely made out of Swarovski crystals.

The rest of the area in the mosque compound is covered with greenery as far as the eyes can see.

As green as it gets..

As green as it gets..

The trees and bushes around are very well maintained..

The trees and bushes around are very well maintained..

If you are planning a trip to the Sultanate of Oman, visiting this mosque must be at the top of your agenda.

Tip: For non – Muslims, the mosque is open between 8am to 11am from Saturday to Wednesday.

Note: This experience is part of the 5 day trip organized for three bloggers by Ministry of Tourism, Oman & Indiblogger from 25th October to 30th October 2014.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – July – My post no 11 for this month.

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8 Comments

  1. Thankfully, we visited it. It’s such a beautiful place that missing it would be a pity. Stunning pictures too.

    • aseemrastogi2

      Thanks Saru :). Yeah it truly is a lovely place. Oh you guys have been to Oman before, is it?

  2. Such a beautiful mosque. Hand woven carpet and chandelier from Swarovski crystals (wow)…definitely worth a visit.
    Thanks for this share.

    • aseemrastogi2

      Yeah Alok, you should visit this sometime if you get the chance. It’s truly beautiful :).

  3. Magnificent indeed! Well captured!

  4. Wow! Those pics are awesome.. Glad you got to travel 🙂

    • aseemrastogi2

      Thanks Parul :). It was a pleasure to go back to Oman. It has to be one of the most beautiful countries which many wouldn’t have even heard of.

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