Chandelier – SQGM .

Chandelier SQGMChandelier in the main room Рeveryone seems to mention the very large hand-made carpet, but I think this view is the pi̬ce de r̩sistance on entering.

I am sorry if this is a little off in quality – needed 1600 iso and -1ev not to mention f5.6: hand-held. I wanted the detail in the chandelier but also preserve some in the ceiling.
All a bit beyond my capabilities – wanted to show how incredible the workmanship was;  almost Elizabethan  in its style.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque.One of many covered walkways.

In 1992 HM Sultan Qaboos declared that his country should have a Grand Mosque. Building work started in 1995 and it took six years & four months to complete.

As there are National Day holidays over this weekend here in Oman, I decided that rather than joining the crowds escaping the capital, I would visit some of the local attractions.
The Grand Mosque is just down the road from where I live and as I had not been there for a number of years, I thought it was about time I went back.
An architectural delight, that avoids the ostentatious façade of wealth and splendour which a lot of modern building can have. It does have an awe-inspiring visual impact, but in a dignified way; in keeping with many of the great places of religious worship around the world.
I got there before it opened to the public (anyone can visit on any day apart from Friday) so for a couple of hours, was able to walk the grounds with only the gardeners & cleaning staff present. At 08:00 sharp – opening time, I entered the main building which was before most people would be arriving – perfect for making photographs.
A very enjoyable walk around with my camera, no restrictions on using cameras as long as one remembers and respects that the building is a place of worship.
A tranquil and carefree morning out, with a lot of images that I will work on over the coming days.