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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

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I stood staring upwards at the chandelier in the dome of the Saltan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat Oman admiring its soft glow. I was slightly surprised that it gets the dubious title of 2nd largest chandelier in the world. It didn’t seem that large to me, but as our guide Rob was pumping out the impressive numbers it dawned on me that it didn’t appear that large since the whole prayer hall structure it was housed in was massive. Proportions can be deceiving in a mosque that is littered with superlatives – the largest, biggest, most, prettiest are commen words you hear when researching the mosque which was completed in 2001.

The mosque’s total capacity is 20,000 visitors/worshipers – larger in size than many of the cities in Oman. The dome rises 164 feet above the floor and the chandelier illuminates a space of 46,000 square feet below. No wonder I’m having trouble deciphering the sizes – everything is huge.

I visited the Grand Mosque in Muscat as part of my Exodus Hiking Trip in Oman. Walking into the main prayer hall is breathtaking thanks to the chandelier made of Swarovski crystals with a diameter of 26 feet. But the hall is also graced by the worlds 2nd largest handmade Persian rug. The delicate rug took 4 years to produce and weighs in at 21 tons. 600 dedicated women tied 1,700 million knots to create this masterpiece. One of my favorite parts about the rug was the graduated color that it used to mimic the light reflection outward.

Read more about Sherry's trip on Ottsworld.

Written by  Sherry Ott.

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“The building and the paved areas around it are on a grand scale. ”

Polished marble pavements and flower beds surround Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in central Muscat. Opened in 2003, it is easy to find as it is just off Route 1, the main road through Muscat. It is a very impressive building, built to hold a total of 20,000… Read more...

Written by  Jenny Fowler.

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A relatively new mosque, the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was constructed in 1993 at the request of Sultan Qaboos who thought that his country deserved a grand mosque. (It was then creatively named, eh?) The sanctuary was built out of 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone and has a central dome that rises 50 meters above the floor. There is a main minaret with 4 corresponding smaller minarets, all of which make up the impressive visual features of the mosque. It is also home to the second largest hand-woven carpet in the world, made out of 28 shades of dye and the world's second largest chandelier.

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