THE MAJESTIC SHEIKH ZAYED GRAND MOSQUE, ABU DHABI
This is one of the best shot i’v ever captured. I liked it most as its one of that rare angle many would see the mosque and splendid sky adds more magicial finishing to it.
The majestic Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the UAE’s most imposing religious and national landmark. Standing as a beacon of hospitality at the entrance to Abu Dhabi city, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, one of the world’s largest, is a masterpiece of internationalism: a cultural statement that crosses boundaries with all being invited within its marble-clad walls.
The design of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque has been inspired by both Mughal and Moorish mosque architecture. The mosque is large enough to accommodate over 40,000 worshipers. The main prayer hall can accommodate over 7,000 worshipers. There are two smaller prayer halls, with a 1,500-capacity. More than 3,000 workers and 38 renowned contracting companies took part in the construction of the Mosque. Natural materials were chosen for much of its design and construction due to their long-lasting qualities, including marble stone, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics.
That’s pretty huge huh? Am not done yet; The carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the world’s largest carpet made by Iran’s Carpet Company. The weight of this carpet is 35 ton. There are 2,268,000,000 knots within the carpet and it took approximately two years to complete. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has seven imported chandeliers from Germany that incorporate millions of Swarovski crystals. The largest chandelier is the second largest known chandelier inside a mosque, the third largest in the world and has a 10 m (33 ft) diameter and a 15 m (49 ft) height.