Here I am again emerging from the depths of the east. In particular from the region of Abu Dhabi where the core for the country’s worship is considered to be!
The biggest temple in the United Arab Emirates and the world’s eighth biggest mosque is located in Abu Dhabi and it is Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
It is considered to be the “second Mecca” for muslim religion and attracts over 40.000 people during Ramadan.
The design and the construction of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque “unites people”, using technicians and material from many countries such as, Italy, Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Malaise, Iran, China, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Greece and United Arab Emirates.
Its floral decorated courtyard (17.000 square meters extent) is considered to be the biggest example of marble mosaic worldwide!
But as far as your entrance in the mosque is concerned- if you are a woman- you are obligated to wear a burqa! (It is something similar with the skirts we are given in our monasteries in case you want to enter..). So I wandered around the mosque’s areas all dressed in black… and I started playing with camera for a while.
In secret though because things were very strict, until I was caught and forced to show the pictures and delete all those they regarded as offensive.. :/
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque includes many special and unique elements. The carpet in the main prayer hall is considered to be the world’s biggest carpet.
This carpet has an extent of 5.627 m2, its weigh is 35 tones and it was manufactured mainly by wool (originated from New Zealand and Iran).
First thing which takes your breath away once you enter the mosque’s prayer hall is the huge chandelier which is located in its centre.
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has seven chandeliers, imported from Faustig company in Munich Germany, which embody millions of Swarovski crystals.
Its biggest chandelier, is the second biggest known chandelier which exists in a mosque and the third biggest in the world, and has a diameter of 10m and 15m height.
The 99 names (virtues or characteristics) of God (Allah) appear on the wall Qibla in the traditional Kufic calligraphy, designed by the eminent calligrapher Mohammed Al Tamimi Mandi.
The wall Qibla includes, in addition, illumination optical fibres, which are embodied as a part of the design.
As one of the most popular buildings in the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque offers itself to all those who desire to enjoy the building’s majesty, do some sight-seeing, or just to enjoy the peace and the artistic majesty……as long as they are properly dressed and they do not provoke with their posture-poses!
That’s all for today, I hope you enjoyed our ride! Next stop…..secret!!!!
See you soon :*