Muscat Grand Mosque
In 1992 Sultan Qaboos directed that his country of Oman should have a Grand Mosque. Acompetition for its design took place in 1993 and after a site was chosen at Bausher construction commenced in 1995. Building work, which was undertaken by Carillion took six years and four months.
The Mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. The main musalla (prayer hall) is square (external dimensions 74.4 x 74.4 metres) with a central dome rising to a height of fifty metres above the floor. The dome and the main minaret (90 metres) and four flanking minarets (45.5 metres) are the mosque’s chief visual features. The main musalla can hold over 6,500 worshippers, while the women’s musalla can accommodate 750 worshippers. The outer paved ground can hold 8,000 worshippers and there is additional space available in the interior courtyard and the passageways, making a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshippers.
Mazoon Mosque By: Jhong Dizon Flickr
Al Zulfa Mosque
Al Zulfa Mosque By: Riyadh Al Balushi Flickr
Al Khor Mosque
Al Khor Mosque has two marginalized blue-colored domes. Its walls are mostly made of tinted glass, along with tiles that are white marble, brown and blue. Furthermore, they are decorated with golden scripts from the Qur’an. Inside the mosque, the ceiling is covered with blue and white colored tiles that have the 99 names of God, written in golden-colored Arabic calligraphy. In the center of the ceiling, there is a splendid crystal chandelier.
Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque
Mohamed Al Ameen Mosque was built in 2014 in Bausher, Muscat. It is also called Bahwan Mosque or Bausher Mosque. It is around 20,300-square meters which fits about 2,100 worshippers. The mosque can be seen from any highway that is going to Muscat, especially at night because of the unique golden-colored and lighted domes, and the blue lights surrounding the mosque.
Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque By: Prasad Pillai Flickr
Said Bin Taimur Mosque
The mosque has two domes that are copper-colored and two minarets that are 50-meters (164 feet) tall. Inside the mosque, the walls are painted in pink, turquoise, and cream, which are uncommon in most of the mosques in Oman. They are also decorated in Islamic shapes and designs with golden Arabic calligraphy. The main hall of the mosque has several small tinted-glass windows, which stream some natural light during the day. Moreover, there are two rows of chandeliers on the side of the mosques’ columns, as well as a central chandelier.
Said Bin Taimur Mosque By: Riyadh Al Balushi Flickr
Moreover, the floor of the mosque is covered in colorful tiles that are placed in unique shapes. There are also the several gates of the mosques that have spectacularly engraved arches, and some Arabic calligraphy.