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Light of faith shining through

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Light shining through a window at Al-Fateh, also known as the Grand Mosque, in Manama, Bahrain.


Built with a 60 tonne fibre glass dome 40 meters from the ground and 25 meters wide, the mosque is capable of housing 7,000 worshipers and is the largest mosque in the country.


The smallest nation of the Persian Gulf, Bahrain is an archipelago of 33 islands and its name means "two seas" referring to two nights sailing to reach it from Iraq. Bahrain can trace its history back to ancient times where it was known as Dilmun (c 3000BC); later under its Greek name Tylos; and Mishmahig when it came under the imperial rule of the Persian Empire. Some go so far as to refer to it as the 'garden of eden' referenced in the religious texts of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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Taken on August 17, 2007