Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque - Muscat - Oman ....{by Bassam}

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In 1992 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 at Bausher construction commenced in 1995. Building work, which was undertaken by Carillion Alawi LLC[1] took six years and four months. The Mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. The main musalla (prayer hall) is square (external dimensions 74.4 x 74.4 metres) with a central dome rising to a height of fifty metres above the floor. The dome and the main minaret (90 metres) and four flanking minarets (45.5 metres) are the mosque’s chief visual features. The main musalla can hold over 6,500 worshippers, while the women’s musalla can accommodate 750 worshipers. The outer paved ground can hold 8,000 worshipers and there is additional space available in the interior courtyard and the passageways, making a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshipers.

The world's second largest hand-woven carpet and chandelier

A major feature of the design of the interior is the prayer carpet which covers the floor of the prayer hall. It contains, 1,700,000 knots, weighs 21 tonnes and took four years to produce, and brings together the classical Tabriz, Kashan and Isfahan design traditions. 28 colors in varying shades were used, the majority obtained from traditional vegetable dyes. It is the second largest single piece carpet in the world. This 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 4,343 square meter area of the praying hall, all in a single piece. The chandelier above the praying hall is 14 meters tall and was manufactured by company Faustig from Germany. 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 Sultan of Oman on May 4, 2001.

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Comments (180)

bablenam on November 20, 2012

Outstanding photo. Like

Antoine Jasser on November 21, 2012

Beautifully captured....
L 134 + F 65

Daryl. on November 21, 2012

Good shot! Nice foreground colour and well framed! Like,
Greetings, Daryl

Maryan Melnyk on November 21, 2012

Good shot!!! Like!

Best wishes, Maryan

5VIKT on November 21, 2012

Excellent view! Like !

elakramine on November 22, 2012

Wonderful view!!


Greetings, elakramine

Søren Terp on November 22, 2012

Wow, what a beautiful mosque - like and YS!

poludziber on November 22, 2012

bella composizione, like.....ciao, Flavio

Nelson Castrillon Ri… on November 22, 2012

Great view. LIKE

Bassam Jayousi on November 22, 2012

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Fav.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam

Slavonicus on November 25, 2012

Great view ! LIKE

Bassam Jayousi on November 27, 2012

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Fav.

Best wishes, Bassam

Karl-Heinz Bassemir on November 27, 2012

Lovely scenery, very well composed! Like 165! Greetings from Germany Berlin, Karl-Heinz

Nic. Coenen on November 28, 2012

Mooie foto,mooi gebouw . Groeten Nic.

Dana Valentová on November 29, 2012

Really beautiful :)



Bassam Jayousi on November 29, 2012

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Fav.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam

H.İbrahim Üzmezoğlu on November 29, 2012

Çok çok güzel cami,harika çekim.LIKE.Selamlar

Mehmet baş on October 13, 2013

Very nice view!
Like, greetings,

brko.jabuka on July 26

Excellent composition!


Greetings, Petar

Bassam Jayousi on July 26

Dear Panoramio Friends, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like &/ Ys.

Best wishes, Bassam

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 18, 2012
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    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX S9200
    • Taken on 2012/11/16 09:51:02
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1500)
    • Focal Length: 16.50mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash