Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi … the most photogenic building I ever been too. 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Three years later, the impressive building that had cost $545 million to create, finally opened its doors to the public. But they could help other countries. The lighting system is designed by lighting architects Speirs and Major Associates. The courtyard is used by worshipers during significant Islamic prayers and large gatherings such as the holy month Ramadan, Eid Al-Fitr (Feast of Breakfast) and Eid Al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice). The splendor of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque. Colleen, I was torn for a couple of days after the visit … the amount of money that was mention is hard to grasp. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. We are away 10-15 and then Emma arrives for Easter! Glorious photos, Viveka! Learn how your comment data is processed. The building complex measures approximately 290 by 420 m (950 by 1,380 ft), covering an area of more than 12 hectares (30 acres), excluding exterior landscaping and vehicle parking. So glad you enjoyed it. It was worth the long bus journey. Facing the World is a children's charity. Girlfriend … Oscar loved every minute, it was impossible to not get great images. The pools along the arcades reflect the mosque’s columns, which become illuminated at night. We depend on ad revenue to craft and curate stories about the world’s hidden wonders. As a lasting monument to his struggle, he began building the Grand Mosque in 1996. But the Sheikh has a lot more. Change ). What an honour. Biarritz, France - Deauville, France - London, UK - Tel Aviv, Israel The building complex measures approximately 290 by 420 m (950 by 1,380 ft), covering an area of more than 12 hectares (30 acres), excluding exterior landscaping and vehicle parking. The unique lighting system was designed to reflect the phases of the moon. Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi … the most photogenic building I ever been too. They don’t grow or manufacture anything. ( Log Out /  I will give you a ring. Like Atlas Obscura and get our latest and greatest stories in your Facebook feed. Attracting more than just worshippers, the mosque has continued the fight of Sheikh Zayed between the modern world and traditions. Have a lovely trip …. The designs were illustrated by British artist “Kevin Dean”. They are importing everything except oil and it’s an expensive country to live in. There are 82 domes of various sizes and the largest is located in the centre of the main prayer hall. Three years later, the impressive building that had cost $545 million to create, finally opened its doors to the public. In their own country too, let alone elsewhere. Are you back home? It was set up by some of the UK's leading craniofacial surgeons so that children with severe facial disfigurements, in the world's poorest countries, can have access to the very best surgery to transform their faces and radically change their futures. The construction of the mosque started only in 1996. Sheikh Zayed died in 2004 and was buried on the grounds of the mosque. With a capacity for 40,000 worshippers, it is one of the largest mosques in the world. But still, the mosque is a stunning piece of art. Inside the prayer hall is the world’s largest carpet, weighing in at 35 tons and covering 60,000 square feet. There will be more posts to come this week coming. From 24/4 I am free and between 1 and 8 /4! I can see that! They reflect the mosque’s magnificent arcades and columns and become even more spectacular by the lighting at night. What a great afternoon Oscar had! Winner will be selected at random on 12/01/2020. I was surprised that we were able to wear sandals and show our toes, but no problem. We didn’t visit. Each piece was hand-carved and inlaid by craftsmen here on site and they used a special inlay technique called “Pietra Dura” which began firstly in Italy 16th century and reached Mughals in the early 17th century, and perhaps the most exquisite example is the columns of “Taj Mahal” in India. Sheikh Zayed died in 2004 and was buried on the grounds of the mosque. A hearty thank you, the mosque is so photogenic. The mosque is surrounded by rectangular pools tiled in different shades of blue, which extend over 7874 m2. A 6-hour tour with transit included for 44$/£34/€39/410SEK and they had “abayas” organized all ready on the bus for us ladies. We take after the 8!!! And what a place, Vivi! As the moon progresses through its cycle and becomes full, so does the lightning effect become more brilliant. The design elements include pure white marble cladding; onion shaped ‘crowns’ and crescent-shaped finials decorated with gold-glass mosaic. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque (Arabic: جَامِع ٱلشَّيْخ زَايِد ٱلْكَبِيْر‎, romanized: Jāmiʿ Ash-Shaykh Zāyid Al-Kabīr) is located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates. Villefranche-sur-Mer, France - St-Paul-de-Vence, France -Avignon, France - Vina del Mar, Chile - Rarotonga, Cook Islands - Eze, France Hong Kong, China - Barcelona, Spain - Bali, Indonesia - Lubeck, Germany - Boston, USA - San Diego, USA - Monte-Carlo, Monaco So astonishingly beautiful – but all that money. But when getting all the details about what everything cost to make this spectacular place to what it’s today … I felt a bit sick because with all that money a lot of suffering and poverty could be adjusted in the world. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. So glad we went for the afternoon tour and had the chance to see the lightning in action, absolutely breathtaking. There are seven crystal chandeliers made by Faustig (Munich, Germany) situated inside the halls and foyers. With over 2.3 billion knots, the carpet represents the grand effort of the mosque. Thank you so much …. Glad that we weren’t put on a catwalk. Thank you so much!!!! Follow us on Twitter to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. Absolutely stunning . The weight of this carpet is 35 ton and is predominantly made from wool (originating from New Zealand and Iran). Next week will be impossible, but the week after?. Like us on Facebook to get the latest on the world's hidden wonders. . Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. What about 4.04??? The construction of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque began in 1996 and finished in 2007. Vi får åka tidigt på morgonen:-D. De öppnar 10 och köp nu dagsretur till Köpenhamn *skrattar. The oldest continuously operating church in California. It is stunning Viveka! Every weekday we compile our most wondrous stories and deliver them straight to you. Nagasaki, Japan, the most photogenic building …. We booked our tour with “Klook”. The people in the Emirates are very well looked after, free school, free studies abroad, free health care and when they get married they get a free new house and car. There is so much oil money there. All rights reserved. We go to Holland for the flowers 10-15. The courtyard can accommodate up to 31000 worshipers and the area is approximately 17400 square meters.