Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Brunei : The Abode of Peace


Brunei, officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, is a sovereign state located on the north coast of the island of Borneo, in Southeast Asia. Wikipedia

Here are two of the most popular Mosques in Brunei that visited.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque 
is a royal Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. The mosque considered one of the most beautiful mosques in the Asia Pacific and a major landmark and tourist attraction of Brunei.
Named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the 28th Sultan of Brunei, the mosque as a symbol of the Islamic faith in Brunei dominates the skyline of Bandar Seri Begawan. The mosque is built in an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer, the "village in the water". The mosque's most recognizable feature, the main dome, is covered in pure gold
The interior of the mosque is for prayer only. It has magnificent stained glass windows, arches, semi-domes and marble columns. Nearly all the material used for the building has been imported from abroad: the marble from Italy, the granite from Shanghai, the crystal chandeliers from England and the carpets from Saudi Arabia.

Jame'asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
This mosque is the largest mosque in Brunei. It was built to commemorate the 25th anniversary the sultan's reign. It is locally known as the Kiarong mosque.

The tile details of the pillars.

This was taken outside the Saifuddin Mosque.
Before entering the mosque, we to remove our footwear and we have to wear the long black dress and women have to wear it along with a headdress called Hijab.
Once inside the mosque, no one is allowed to take pictures. Non-believers can only step foot on a red carpet in a very limited area.
There you will see jaw-dropping intricate designs and colorful stained glasses spread across the ceiling.

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