[Muscat, Oman] Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque was the second mosque we visited during our trip (the first being the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi). We learned the lesson from that trip, with this being a major tourist attraction in town, we should go early and avoid the crowds. And what a difference it has made! We arrived just after the opening time of 8am and there was basically no queue. Although there were people, I almost had the place to myself.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, towards the main hall
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, towards the main hall

The sandstone used in Sultan Qaboos gives this mosque a warmer, earthier feel compared with the more glamorous/minimalistic Sheikh Zayed. Also, it doesn’t strictly follow a rigidly symmetrical, to me it gave it a more organic feel. I loved the colours here, and the contrasting tile pattern on the dome is so beautiful.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, main hall exterior
Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, main hall exterior
One side of the Sultan Qaboos main hall
One side of the Sultan Qaboos main hall

Here are some more unique takes of the place from the hallways. I love how the arched hallways provide a really awesome framing to my photographs.

Sultan Qaboos dome from the hallway
Sultan Qaboos dome from the hallway
Minaret at Sultan Qaboos
Minaret at Sultan Qaboos
Doorway at the end of the hallway, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
Doorway at the end of the hallway, Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

But most of all… I loved the the interior of the main hall! Seriously, the green colours on the ceiling and dome interior, the warm hue of the chandeliers (used to be largest until Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque overtook it!). The alternating colours on the arches… I actually went inside the second time (with wife) to take it all in again.

Inside the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque hall
Inside the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque hall

Check out the rest of our Middle East adventures in other posts!

[Arabian Nights] A Sneak Peek!
[Abu Dhabi] Masdar City, the future is here!
[Abu Dhabi] Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
[Abu Dhabi] Frolicking around Emirates Palace
[Muscat, Oman] Chillaxing in Muttrah
[Muscat, Oman] Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
[Oman] Forts Around the Country
[Doha, Qatar] That Famous Corniche

 

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