Seeking The Divine

1:31:00 PM Brooke Neal 14 Comments

We arrived in Muscat late in the evening and as we drove to our hotel we passed the two most beautiful mosques. The Grand Mosque is actually open to visitors from 8am-11am. Women must cover, but you are allowed inside to take pictures of the interior. Unfortunately, we never made it during visitor hours, so we had to content ourselves with the exterior. 


We were however, able to get inside the Mohammed Al Ameen Mosque.  Truth be told, I am not sure if we were allowed inside or not.  I kept waiting for someone to stop me, but it was very late at night, no one was around, and I kept exploring.  The domes on this mosque are magnificent! I wish I could have gotten better pictures of them. The exterior is white marble and it absolutely glows. 

I am not muslim, but I appreciate the desire to spare no expense in building a house for God. I appreciate the reverence one feels toward such a sanctuary. I love that you take your shoes off when you enter.  I appreciate wanting to keep it pure, even if that means keeping infidels like myself out. I appreciate the simplicity of design and lack of distracting ornamentation. No, I am not a Muslim, but I do understand these feelings, desires and emotions, and I am pretty sure I could meet God here too.




Linking with...My Town Shootout  *  Friday Photo Journal  *  The Weekend In Black & White  * Little Things Thursday * Weekend Reflections  * Photo Friday

14 comments:

  1. Wow - this is stunning!
    Love your header, too!!

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  2. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing... visiting from Little Things Thursday :)

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  3. Nice pics! I have never been to a mosque but I'll have to put these on my list. Thanks for sharing

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  4. These are all beautiful! l loved the stained glass window.

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  5. WOW! These shots are GREAT!

    Where you able to borrow/rent garments at the entrance to be covered up properly?

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  6. What a wonderful place! Gladly, you were able to get inside. So, you didn't see anybody (or nobody saw you) while you were there?

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  7. What a marvellous building. Fabulous reflections. Love the B & W shots. Have a lovely weekend.

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  8. Lovely black and white photos. I particularly like the lines you caught in the third, and the beautiful light and reflections.

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  9. Such magnificent architecture. The shining reflection of lines in the black and white version is lovely.

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  10. Wooow, the beauty of the mosque is amazing!!! And so are your pictures!
    And about the B&W, I agree with Dragonstar. The lines and reflections in the third b&w photo are very atractive.

    Greetings from Hilde.
    Visiting from The weekend in Black and White.
    http://stapjesonderweg.blogspot.be/2015/10/forms-and-lines.html

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  11. What wonderful architecture and colors. Wow!

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  12. Beautiful images, the reflections in the shiny floors are fabulous

    Mollyxxx

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  13. These are gorgeous! Love the lights!

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