Sunday, December 6, 2015

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is a symbol of Islam in oil-rich Brunei, the mosque is one of the most beautiful structures in the country and declared by most to be the most beautiful and fantastic mosque in Southeast Asia. A major landmark cum tourist attraction of Brunei.

Named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei who also initiated its construction was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture unites Mughal architecture and Italian styles.

The mosque's most recognizable feature - the main dome, is covered in pure gold. The mosque stands 52 m (171 ft) high and can be seen from virtually anywhere in Bandar Seri Begawan. The main minaret is the mosque's tallest feature. In a unique way it mixes Renaissance and Italian architectural style. The minaret has an elevator to the top, where a visitor can enjoy a panoramic view of the city.

Such an honour having had the pleasure to photograph this unique structure.

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