Sheikh Zayed Mosque is not only a place of sacred pilgrimage of Muslims but also as a work of artistic architectural style very nicely decorated. Religious works most admirable world was named president has set up the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al he Nahyan.
Always welcomed everyone
“Everyone is welcome here, whether you are Jewish, Christian or other religions!”
If for most of the mosques in the world, the visit is considered to be extremely difficult because visiting hours are usually limited, in addition to non-religious people to be careful, Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, the Sheikh Zayed absolutely not. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the exterior painted sparkling white, shaped just like in a fairy tale and was completed in 2007, built with the purpose of promoting interaction between cultures is not only Muslims, but also among Muslims to other religions.
The diversity of the cathedral is also reflected by the architects to build this project (They were from England, Italy, and the United Arab Emirates), the construction materials used (tiles from Turkey, from New Zealand wool, glass from Germany) and the open-door policy to help it return to the golden age of Islam. Currently, it attracts more than one million visitors each year. Catch-phrase of the guides here is “Everyone is welcome here, whether you are Jewish, Christian or other religions”, these are very special in this place. Goal that this mosque is directed toward not only become a place where Muslims can pray, but also a place to exchange different cultural backgrounds.
Tomb of Sheikh Zayed – one in the northern corner of the mosque of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, “floating” up in the 1940s with the ability to “extraordinary” her when peace talks between the Bedouin tribes of the Arabian desert. In 1966 he formed a federation with the Emirate of Dubai and led to the formation of the United Arab Emirate – a new national combined seven emirates – which he chaired. Zayed has used revenues from oil major Abu Dhabi to build the skyscraper, the infrastructure and world-class cultural treasures such as mosques, which started construction in 1996 Zayed died in 2004, three years before the Grand Mosque was completed. He was buried in a tomb, the image you are seeing is a northern corner of the mosque.
The most important thing in Sheik Zayed as you can see the entire vision of the Grand Mosque, is synthesized from the architectural style of Islamic civilization different to say about cultural diversity. In the main courtyard of the mosque – a sparkling white space of reflection pools and pillars inlaid with enough space for 30,000 people – were inspired by Pakistan Badshahi Mosque and the Mosque Hassan II in Morocco. In the four corners of the church tower is 107m high, bearing three geometric style from three different civilizations: Egypt’s Mamluk block on the ground, the hexagon of North Africa in the middle and the top of the tube based architecture inspired by the Ottoman Turks.
Grand Mosque has 82 large round dome shaped onions with 7 different sizes inspired by the Badshahi Mosque of Lahore, Pakistan.
Grand Mosque has 82 large round dome shaped onions with 7 different sizes inspired by the Badshahi Mosque of Lahore, Pakistan – to represent beauty, passion and power of the Islamic era Mughal teachers. The arc here reflect the essence of Moorish, or Islamic architecture of North Africa. You can also learn more about the construction of the dome of the free guided tours take place four times a day if you have a chance to visit this place.
One thing especially to Sheikh Zayed mosque that is you have to remove shoes before entering the lobby and must abide by certain rules about dress like: For men must wear long pants to the ankle and closed shoes, for women, the arms and legs must be covered carefully (hijab free loan in the parking lot). You can find the Arabic calligraphy was pasted inside the dome, each letter is painted with gold leaf and writing style of calligraphy known as An-Naskh, the most popular font types in the written in Arabic.
The largest mosque is often decorated with huge chandeliers 7, made by the German company FAUSTIG – one of 38 different contractors are used to build mosques. Each lamp can weigh from 8 to 12 tons and is suspended by a steel can withstand forces up to 36 tons.
Vestibule leading to the main prayer hall – a vast space size room with two sides (one dedicated to women believer) and can accommodate up to 10,000 people. The main hall is supported by 96 pillars soaring, each covered with marble and inlaid with shell Macedonia pearls and other precious stones. Inside each column is an air-conditioning system with a size equivalent to the size of a small bus.
This is the largest chandelier in the Mosque, which is located in the center of the main prayer hall is designed in the image of palm trees, a tree can be seen everywhere in the United Arab Emirates most. It is made from stainless steel and brass, both of which are plated with 40 kg of 24-carat gold. And there are about 40 million Swarovski crystals were used to decorate chandeliers 7 of the Mosque.
The main chandelier looks like being crowned with crystal balls red and green palm trees represent. This is an icon species for the United Arab Emirates, because you can catch it everywhere at this time. Palm tree is a tree with “extraordinary power” because it is tough enough to withstand the lack of rain and the summer temperatures average between 41 degrees to 43 degrees C. The palm tree is a important part of Arab culture in Abu Dhabi and organized festivals palm trees in November each year.
The tapestry is woven here by a carpet company in Iran and by Iranian artist Ali Khaliqi design, this hand-woven rug is the world’s largest and measuring 5,700 square meters. The tapestry woven by 1,200 artisans in 16 months to complete. Transportation process and the work mats and so utterly moved from Iran, should have been cut into 9 pieces and transported on two large jet aircraft. It is made mostly from wool from New Zealand, if you look closely you can see the center of this rug is a perfect replica of the chandeliers.
Arabic calligraphy decorating the Qibla wall towards Mecca in the main prayer hall, where 99 Muslim name of Christian attributes (such as Allah, Creator, and almighty) etched highlight with subtle light rays, semicircular ring inlaid with 24-carat gold stripes. Travel guides here say that “Before microphones and speakers were invented, such cavities were used as a place to voice communications imam in prayer on Friday”.