Wednesday, September 12, 2012


A Grand Mosque

This is the most impressive building that this small bear has ever been in. It is the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. We visited it one day while we were in Dubai. According to Mum the only other buildings that come close to it for sheer impressiveness are St Peter's in Rome and St Paul's in London. She has seen all three, so I guess she knows. This mosque is absolutely beautiful. It is the eighth largest in the world.It has 82 domes, over 1,000 columns, 24-carat gold chandeliers and the world's largest carpet. The building is entirely marble of different colours, from Macedonia, Italy, India and China. It can hold over 40,000 people. The mosque is surrounded by gardens and pools. An absolutely breath-taking bit of architecture and something that you must see when you visit the Emirates. No, the minarets are not crooked. That's just the effect you get when the thing you are photographing is so big and high; it's called perspective. The camera sees things slanted but your brain knows that they are really straight and that's how you see them.

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