The Grand Mosque – Muscat, Oman

Sad day for my photography at the Grand Mosque. I only brought one lens for my Nikon D600 – the lens was 6 weeks new and quit communicating with the camera. I figured the 24-85 mm lens would cover my shooting needs. My travel camera was my Nikon J1 – I brought two lenses, the standard 10-30 mm and the 30 mm – 110 mm zoom. Coincidence….the 10-30 mm was damaged two summers ago when I dropped the camera on the concrete. I sent it off for repair, sent back as unrepairable but….worked fine once returned. Using with no issues until this morning…my two wide angle zoom lenses were toast….The J1 zoom had to do! The day was gray….in fact raining to the point of flash floods in the mountains. The camera could not adequately capture the grandeur of the Mosque.

The Omani Muslims are very inclusive and respect everyone’s choice. I had an interesting conversation with a young Muslim man about Easter. I was amazed at his knowledge and acceptance. The Omani’s want the world to know that their religion does not have the hatred for non-believers that other Muslims do….it is the radicals that interpret the word to justify jihad. There is a high level of tolerance for others in Oman.

Another view of one of the tower on the grounds.

Another view of one of the tower on the grounds.

Another view of the architecture of the Grand Mosque area.

Another view of the architecture of the Grand Mosque area.

Inside the women's prayer room.

Inside the women’s prayer room.

Cubby for your shoes prior to entering.

Cubby for your shoes prior to entering.

Beautiful outdoor lights.

Beautiful outdoor lights.

Adornment on the top of the Mosque.

Adornment on the top of the Mosque.

Main Chandelier

Main Chandelier

The main chandelier in the center of the main prayer room. 46 feet tall!

The main chandelier in the center of the main prayer room. 46 feet tall!

Another look...hand tied knots. Some of the 1.7 billion hand tied knots.

Another look…hand tied knots. Some of the 1.7 billion hand tied knots.

Close up of the carpet in the main prayer room. Hand made on site...a four year process.

Close up of the carpet in the main prayer room. Hand made on site…a four year process.

A view of the grounds on a gray cloudy day

A view of the grounds on a gray cloudy day

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