If you haven’t yet visited the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, in Azaiba, this might be the right time of the year to pay a visit to one of the largest mosques in Oman – an architectural and artistic marvel that reflects the beauty of Islamic, Middle Eastern, and Omani art.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is characterised by its square shape, with a main dome reaching a height of 50m and features five minarets representing the five pillars of Islam. The height of the main minaret reaches up to 91.5m while the other minarets are 45m high.
Largest chandelior on earth
As you enter the men’s prayer hall, one’s eyes automatically are guided to the ceiling, where a gigantic chandelier hangs high. The chandelier is one of the largest on earth. It measures 13.7m tall and 7.9m wide. The chandelier has 1,122 halogen bulbs.
Apart from the giant chandelier, there are 34 smaller ones of the same design hung in other corners of the mosque that add a warm and sacred ambience within the mosque. One might be tempted to click photos of the interiors but must do so discreetly without disturbing the sanctity of this iconic house of prayer.
Yet another attraction of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is its dreamlike handwoven carpet. Measuring 70m by 60m, it is one of the largest single-piece carpet in the world. The carpet is an amalgamation of classical Persian Tabriz, Kashan, and Isfahan design traditions. It weighs around 21 tonnes, has 1,700,000,000 knots, and 28 colours in varying shades majorly obtained from vegetable dyes.
As for the interiors, the Grand Mosque is unique in its class, not only because of its magnificent in size but also for its intricate work in its interiors. It is embellished in beautiful and colourful mosaic patterns and is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. The timber panels are also a reflection of traditional Omani architecture.