The Great Sheikh Zayed Mosque - details and images
The Great Sheikh Zayed Mosque is an impressive building in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The name of the mosque comes from Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, a former president of the United Arab Emirates who wanted a structure that would define the cultural diversity of the Islamic world.
The Great Sheikh Zayed Mosque was built between 1996-2007 and is the largest place of worship in the United Arab Emirates.
Designing and erecting the building has been an adventure, using materials from several countries such as Germany, Morocco, Pakistan, Malaysia, Iran, China, and even New Zealand. More than 3,000 workers and 38 well-known companies took part in the erection of the mosque. At the base of the Great Shekh Zayed Mosque were the natural materials, due to their hardness which ensures a better resistance over time. Marble, gold, semi-precious stones, crystals and ceramics are just a few elements that adorn the special mosque.
The carpet in the main room is considered to be the largest carpet in the world, measuring no less than 5627 square meters. Its weight is 35 tons and is made of wool, being ready in about 2 years.
The courtyard occupies about 17,000 square meters, with a special floral design.
The design of the mosque was inspired by several Islamic architectural styles such as Persian, Mughal and Moorish. Also under construction were used as models Badshahi Mosque in Pakistan and Hassan II Mosque in Morocco. It is considered to be one of the most amazing marble mosaics in the world.
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