Muscat: Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

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Muscat the capital of Oman, one of the oldest cities of the Arabian peninsula, already known to the Greeks and then the Romans, who were arriving from the extreme southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula, the frankincense, an aromatic resin greatly appreciated by the ancients.

Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

City born and prospered on trade, Muscat, over 700,000 people to the capital of Oman, like other countries of the Arabian Peninsula, is working in the tourism promotion, so much that it has become a major destination for the British winter, even under the recent colonial history.

In addition to nature, declined in the vast desert landscapes, a few oddities like the natural swimming pool in the desert, and the beautiful sea, many of which are still intact, the country also offers various cultural attractions, such as the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque, the third largest mosque in the world.

A key feature of the mosque is the carpet for prayer, which fully covers the large prayer hall. This carpet weighs 21 tons and was spun with over 1.7 billion nodes, according to the traditional design of the classic Persian carpets of Tabriz, Kashan and Isfahan. Noteworthy also the inner walls of marble and Swarovski crystal chandelier constructed in Germany; the second-largest in the world.

The mosque is open for visits to non-Muslims, with all known warnings of the case: it is a place of worship, and women must have their heads covered.

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