Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in 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 (139)

Bassam Jayousi on January 9, 2013

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

Greetings, Bassam


Manol Manoman on January 9, 2013

Very impressive shot! Perfekt photo!

Well done! LIKE

Best regards, Manol


Lady GooGoo La La on January 10, 2013

Lovely masjid design! LIKE and :~) from GooGoo La La

Manfred Kaddik on January 10, 2013

Like 118 für diese Aufnahme. Schöne Ansicht VG aus Deutschland Manfred

travelerosmx on January 10, 2013

Bonita construccion! Like

Zdzisław Barut on January 10, 2013

Piękna architektura. Like. Pozdrawiam, Zdzisław

Cluke on January 15, 2013

Lovely! Lovely colours and the off-centre framing works really well. L&F

Regards Cluke

Alfred Schaffer on February 10, 2013

Wonderful architecture! LIke!

Alfred

Bassam Jayousi on February 10, 2013

Marek, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on February 10, 2013

Manol, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on February 10, 2013

Zdislaw, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on February 10, 2013

travelerosmx, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on February 10, 2013

Manfred, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on February 10, 2013

Goo Goo La La, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on February 10, 2013

Johnny, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on February 10, 2013

Cluke, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like+Ys.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on February 10, 2013

Alfred, thank you very much for visit, kind words and for the Like.

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


Bassam Jayousi on February 10, 2013

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

Best wishes from Dubai, Bassam


RNLatvian PANORAMIO … on September 12, 2013

A very interesting picture! Like! Greetings!

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Photo taken in Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, Sultan Qaboos Street, Muscat, Oman
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

Photo details

  • Uploaded on November 30, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Bassam Jayousi
    • Camera: NIKON COOLPIX S9200
    • Taken on 2012/11/16 09:21:52
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/500)
    • Focal Length: 8.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/8.800
    • ISO Speed: ISO125
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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