The first stop today for the European media treasure hunters was Oman’s Grand Mosque. It is the largest mosque in the country and an impressive building.
Forgetting our own advice, getting carried away with the Oman Air sponsored competition. The United Kingdom team quickly solved the clues at this location and hardly took the time to take a real look at this beautiful and impressive mosque. It is one of the sites that will definitely be worth revisiting when there is sometime left after the treasure hunt is done and dusted.
It seems quite appropriate that the first destination should be here as apart from being number 3 on Lonely Planet’s must see attractions in Muscat it’s design was decided by a competition in 1993.
It is a striking building in many respects, the 14 metre chandelier in the prayer hall is impressive but the prayer mat that covers the floor is the real star as it is the second largest hand woven carpet in the world covering 4,343 square metres.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is surrounded by lush green grounds, with fountains and attractive gardens. Apart from the main dome, the five minarets dominate the skyline protruding high above the surrounding trees.
The grounds compliment the polished pastel colouring of the Indian sandstone which was used to build the mosque. I look forward to taking a leisurely stroll around this attraction in just over a week.
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