Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – A Landmark To Visit At Least Once In Your Lifetime
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is an amazing sight as you drive into Abu Dhabi. The words, ‘enormity’, ‘Gigantic’ and ‘severely vast’ do not even begin to adequately underline the grandeur of this mosque.
The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a magnificent structure located in Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates where majority of the inhabitants are Arabs. The largest mosque in the entire country, it is the centerpiece of worship for all Muslims, Friday and Eid. During Eid, it can be visited by over 41,000 visitors from all parts of the world.
Upon entering it, there are no less than seven minarets in all, each bearing a unique golden design. The minarets themselves are huge, with countless intricately carved and beautifully crafted marble statues depicting events from the holy Quran, and the adventures of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.
The minarets here are exquisite, with each one having a unique design. They are intricately carved, and each one has a minaret with a domain. The Sheikh Zayed Mosque is located in the Old City of Abu Dhabi.
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosques is the largest mosque in the world. The colossal architecture is built in a way to represent all Islamic architecture schools.
With more than a thousand columns and most beautiful chandeliers, The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is home of 82 domes and is listed in Guinness Book for having the world largest handmade carpet which took two years to complete.
Of course, in such a beauty and huge architectural building must have elements on its size, that’s why, there you will find one of the worlds biggest chandelier.
In 2018 the mosque has been nominated as the third best landmarks in the world to visit by TripAdvisor surpassing even Vatican City’s St Peter’s Basilica and India’s Taj Mahal.
How Did Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Came Into Existence
The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has been built by the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, there from the name of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. He has been the ruler of Abu Dhabi from 1966 to 2004. His ideas was to bring together social variety of the Islamic world in a building who would be considered a piece of art and modernism in the same time. He died in 2004 and his body is resting inside the mosque courtyard.
The mosque as been completed in 2007 after 11 years of constructions and more than 3000 workers helped building it.
Everyone is able to visit the mosque but you are required to be dressed modest. As a woman you can get at the entrance a dress and a scarf to cover your head and body. The souvenir shop at the end of the tour has some exquisite pieces which you will want to get for you and loved ones.