Cityscapes & Urban architecture - Rajesh Jyothiswaran

Grand Mosque

The full name of this magnificent structure is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, which dominates the Muscat skyline. The mosque used to have the world’s largest carpet and chandelier, but Emiratis and Qataris came to measure the interior and made bigger versions in new mosques to steal the title, according to a blog post.

Lonely Planet says, the Persian carpet alone measures 70m by 60m wide, making it the second-largest hand-loomed Iranian carpet in the world; it took 600 women four years to weave.

The mosque can accommodate 20,000 worshippers though at the time I visited, there were only a handful of people around. I missed seeing the beautiful interiors.

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