|Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi|
|Reflecting pools at sunset - Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi|
|Dusk gave a most exotic feel to the experience|
Friday, though, is a Holy Day in the Muslim world. The Mosque was closed to visitors until 4 p.m. So we spent the day exploring other parts the city and almost decided against making the effort (a sizeable taxi ride from our downtown hotel and back) to visit the place.
We’d seen mosques before, right?
Wrong. We’d not seen anything like this before.
Luckily the travel gods gave us that unexplained nudge and we decided we couldn't miss the Mosque. The taxi dropped us off at a far gate at 5 p.m. and by then the place was crawling with people – the faithful and the tourist had blended together to experience this holy site.
|Strict dress codes and behavior codes apply when visiting|
Shoes are not to be worn by any visitor and pairs are left on massive shoe racks at the entry to the building. I always marvel that they are still there when we return.
So properly attired, we were off. Hop aboard our magic carpet and I’ll tell you a bit of what we learned about the Grand Mosque:
|The inlaid marble floors of the courtyard were stunning|
Sheik Zayed, died in 2004 at age 86, and is buried here.
|More intricate inlaid work in the walls|
|Chandeliers were stunning|
I should have taken photos of that magnificent carpet but it was the seven chandeliers which caught my eye and of which I couldn’t take enough photos.
|Chandelier Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi|
|This may have been my favorite chandelier|
|Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi|
|Window overlooking a garden area - Grand Mosque Abu Dhabi|
|The Grand Mosque - Abu Dhabi|
See you next week and thanks again for your time today. We look forward to hearing from you and having you with us. Safe travels to you and yours ~
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