GRAND SHEIKH ZAYED MOSQUE

David outside the entrance dome  to the mosque. A subterranean passage and escalators now take one  right outside – a boon in the heat.

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I first visited the Grand Sheikh Zayed  Mosque a couple of years ago. Since then the improvements  have been amazing. Entrance facilities now include this underground shopping complex.

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Rich decorative touches prevail

From exterior courtyard to columns, the floral theme predominates.

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 Columns stand beside  water gardens,which  mirror some of the eighty-something domes, glittering in white marble. Designed by Syrian architect, Yousef Abdelky,  one couldn’t fail to be impressed by magnificent building. It covers a dozen hectares and can accommodate 40,000 worshippers.

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GOLD LEAF PALMATE CAPITALS

 

I loved the floral decorations with morning glory and other flowers created from multi-coloured marble tesserae and even crystal, flowing over floor tiles and  walls. Aligned towards Kaaba in Mecca, it’s design was influenced by Persian, Mughal, and Alexandrian sources. A number of other Mosques have contributed to the design, including some in Pakistan and Lahore. It’s  wonderful library shows the cultural diversity of Islam. The shelves are devoted to the sciences, civilization, calligraphy, and the arts. Books are available  in a variety of languages, including French and English.

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We loved the peace, cool and calm inside, the huge, wonderful spaces, the exquisite floral and other intricate decorations took my breath away. Some of the chandeliers used millions of Swarovski  crystals, designed in Munich, Germany.

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One of the amazing chandeliers feature delicate floral decorations

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Crystal decorations Below: Large Rose and  another type of column decoration

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This place of  worship can accommodate up to thirty thousand of the Muslim faith! It is  worth several visits for those who appreciate marvellous architecture  and  design,  a cultural treasure which Abu Dhabi shares with the world .

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About wraxdec

I've reached the age of flamboyance and bling.I love Classical FM, Jazz, French chansons, French movies, SBS Documentaries and Wednesdays with my Women Writers Critique Group at the NSW Writers Centre.I've published short stories and the occasional article. My novel/'faction on nursing in the 20th Century,' BLACK STOCKINGS WHITE VEIL - A TALE OF ADVERSITY, TRIUMPH AND ROMANCE AT ROYAL PRINCE ALFRED HOSPITAL'- was a Finalist in the 2009 Indie Book Awards. I've critiqued a second fictional family memoir, 'SONGS FROM HEAVEN', and am working through a third, 'GOING HOME'.
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