Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque by Night

Muscat (Oman). The first time I saw the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque in Muscat it was during the day: the mosque was packed of tourists, and it was a little bit too overcrowded (I’m not complaining; it’s normal, being one of the main landmarks in the Sultanate’s capital). However, I remember that I remained all the day with the curiosity of seeing it “far from the madding crowd” (it’s a quotation, do not take me too seriously). The opportunity came when I explained my “curiosity” to the hotel’s concierge: he kindly invited me to follow him to the hotel’s private terrace – not a rooftop with bars or clubs… just a terrace with air conditioning pumps, water tanks, solar panels and other facilities – and he gave me the possibility of capturing this image. When I saw the mosque all illuminated, with darkness all around, in the calm of the Omani night, I was really amazed by the perfection of its lines and by the sense of mysticism that it was able to transmit – although still I was quite far from it. It was December 30th, late night: the year was almost over and it was, for me, an early new year’s eve celebration…

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