A Grand Tour

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Welcome to the spectacular Grand Mosque in Muscat

Check out time for the Beach Hotel and Muscat, but we had one last wonder to check out.  The Grand Mosque is a must see if you venture to Muscat.  If you get in the ballpark it is fairly easy to locate, because it is a spectacularly massive landmark.  This was a good thing since I was driving there, lol.  Plenty of free parking and free admission, so entering the Grand Mosque was a cakewalk.  Despite the easy entry it is critical to bear in mind that this is a sacred place: men need to wear long pants and women must cover arms, legs and wear a head scarf.

You will be enraptured by the grounds from the moment you get inside.  The arcades are immaculately landscaped and granite walkways abound.  We entered the Inner Sahn first, after removing our shoes and admired the ornate interior decorations.  The details were truly mind boggling, but this hardly prepared us for the grandeur we faced upon entering the Main Prayer Hall.

With sixteen Swarovski crystal chandeliers, an Indian carpet weighing twenty one tons that took six hundred women four years to weave (by tying 1,700 million knots!) and so many other jaw dropping aspects, this was beauty beyond belief.    Please know there are armed guards at the entrance, but so long as you are appropriately attired you may waltz past them without concern.  I have rarely witnessed anything as reverent and inspiring as the Grand Mosque in Muscat.

vances says:
Thank you, Martin! lol, Vikram...I'm sure you did strike gold on a cost-per-square-foot basis!

:^)
Posted on: Feb 25, 2013
Vikram says:
Wow at that carpet and chandeliers... and there I was thinking I struck gold at IKEA! :-(
Posted on: Feb 24, 2013
joehobo says:
Your review and Photographs are a great compliment to the revered mosque...:)
Posted on: Feb 24, 2013
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Muscat Sights & Attractions review
The Grand Mosque
The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a must see destination during your visit to Muscat. The religious landmark took six years to build and was inaugura… read entire review
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photo by: JP-NED