Now to share one of my favorites places in Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
This mosque was a vision by the Late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al-Nahyan who set the foundation of the structure but was completed and opened for worship in 2007, after his death.
When I went back in 2010, I had a basic point and shoot camera. While going through my pictures, 6 years later, I feel that they do not do justice to the beauty of this mosque (well…I don’t think any picture can really do justice to it). However, I hope that you will still enjoy looking through them.
It features several different styles of Islamic architecture like Mamluk, Ottoman and Fatimid.
There are four minarets and eighty two domes and it can accommodate up to 40,000 worshipers.
Most of the mosque is made in the iconic white (favorite color of the sheikh who founded it) marble. It features ornate floral marble carvings that are present throughout the columns and some interior walls.
The courtyard, also featuring huge floral patterns on the floor was probably one of my favorite parts.
I kind of went overboard with the column pictures.
Check out this ornate chandelier in the main prayer hall.
And as usual, we could not leave without looking at the bathrooms. This next picture is the entrance of the bathrooms!
We were lucky that we got there around sunset so we got to see how the structure changes from day to night.
The blue light against the white marble makes everything look so magical at night. I did not want to leave!
What’s a magical place that you’ve been to or would like to go to?