Thursday, July 11, 2013

Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

This is my favorite mosque in the world and possibly favorite building.  It's gorgeous with the most amazing flower motif.  They also offer really nice tours and the tour guides are quite funny.

The flower designs on all the pillars are made from natural precious and semi-precious gems. Beautiful.

The chandeliers are made from Italian murano glass.

The guide told us this was designed as a river of honey and milk representing the four rivers of the Quranic garden of eden: wine, honey, milk and fresh water.

The carpet was made in Iran in 9 pieces and brought over in 2 planes. After it was placed, they shaved it to make the lines for prayer!

The windows are also murano glass.

Mother of pearl on the pillars.

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