Monday, 12 November 2012

Our World Tuesday - Inside....

Once you pass through the main doors of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque you are greeted by the most extraordinary sight.  Not only is the main hall large enough to hold 6000 people at prayer, all kneeling on a hand knotted carpet, it contains the words largest chandelier.  The statistics of this chandelier are only outdone by the way that it looks;

Its 14 m tall, weights 8 tons and has a diameter of 8m.  It contains 1122 lamps which are surrounded by 600,000 (thats not a misprint!) Swarovski crystals.  It one of the most remarkable things I have seen.






I have no idea how you would plan to build this!

You can see more images from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

Enjoy the pictures.

19 comments:

Fun60 said...

Never mind the construction of it imagine having to clean it!

Arija said...

Fabulous shots Stewart, especially the mandala like ones from directly below.
When we were there, the building was standing but it wasn't open to the public yet. It was during a time that normal mortals found it hard to enter the country and we only got permission by being classed as 'relatives' of our friends.

eileeninmd said...

It is an amazing chandelier. Your shots are awesome, especially love the shots from below. Have a great week ahead.

Katrin Klink said...

Completely stunning pictures! Wow, what a luck to be there. I'm looking forward to your next photo series ...

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

My first thought was like Fun60 - how do you clean it? You don't?

Marcia said...

From underneath it looks like a kaleidoscope. What an immense fixture to have.

TexWisGirl said...

it looks like giant seashells. :)

Sylvia K said...

Superb captures, Stewart! What an amazing, awesome chandelier!! I love the different angles you've captured!

Rustic Vintage Country said...

Wow, that's done with some style!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Whoa, Nellie! That certainly put my teacup chandelier photo to shame. What an amazing creation. Such a lavish piece. Man, oh, man!

EG CameraGirl said...

Increduble! I'm so glad you were allowed to take photos.

Robert Geiss said...

Great pieces of art !

Please have a good Tuesday.


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Genie said...

I thought the door shot was spectacular...well, the chandelier is even more spectacular. You must have been in total awe as you walked about this structure. Amazing. genie

JDS said...

An eight TON chandelier - as impressive as that is, what's even more impressive is the strength of whatever it is that holds it up!

Carole M. said...

how overwhelming it must've felt to walk in there. It's beautiful; I admire the artisans who've laboured so long to create. I couldn't help but wonder how on earth they secure the heavy chandeleir; I'm not sure I'd want to be underneath it

pattisjarrett said...

Amazing piece of art.

Kerri said...

Oh My Goodness......this is awesome! WOW!

ladyfi said...

Wow wow wow - awesome shots of this amazing chandelier! Must have been quite a sight!

Black Jack's Carol said...

Someone else said, "Oh my goodness" and I have to admit, those were the first words out of my mouth when I saw your photos. I've fallen very far behind with reading some of my favourite blogs (yours being one of them) so I have no idea if you were there on a recent trip. I'm happy to see that you are continuing to "pay ready attention" and I enjoyed your post.