Although its the mosque known for possessing the second largest carpet and the chandelier in the world, it doesn’t hamper its beauty and grandeur in anyway..it still remains as one of the most splendid architecture if its time..
It’s also the only mosque in Oman that allows non-Muslims to visit.
One of the main attractions here is the former Guinness world record holder of Largest Chandelier in the World – the 14 metre, 8 and 1/2 ton behemoth that dangles from the centre of the men’s prayer hall.With more than 600,000 STRASS Swarovski crystals (it’s the finest crystal on the planet), over a thousand halogen bulbs, and 24 karat gold plating on the metal bits, the chandelier took 4 years to complete . Sixteen smaller chandeliers throughout the men’s prayer hall complement the main attraction.
The carpet here is also an achievement in itself. It took 600 Iranian women 4 years to make, and is still the second largest hand-woven rug in the world.
There’s plenty more to see during a visit here too. The mosaics are nothing short of stunning.
Each riwaq, or portico, along each side of the mosque houses intricate mosaic tile niches — a brilliant shock of colour in a sandstone sea.
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque Opening Hours: For non-Muslims, 8:00am to 11:00am every day except Friday.
Admission Price: Free
Dress code: both men and women must be dressed conservatively: long trousers and covered shoulders for men, covered head, covered arms, and long pants or floor-length skirts for women.
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