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Grand Mosque - a.k.a. Sheikh Zayed Mosque

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I have posted photos of this mosque previously, but this is a photo from the opposite side of the mosque. I used an extremely long exposure on this one with a very small aperature.


One of the most magnificent structures I have ever seen...the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi is lit up at night, but the color will vary depending something to do with the moon (If anyone knows, please tell). This was taken at night (obviously), with a very long exposure.


A bit more from Wikipedia:


Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi is the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates and the sixth largest mosque in the world. It is named after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder and the first President of the United Arab Emirates, who is also buried there. The mosque was officially opened in the Islamic month of Ramadan in 2007.


Although it is illegal for non-Muslims to enter mosques in the United Arab Emirates, this mosque will be an exception. The Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority announced that tours of the mosques will be given to both Muslims and non-Muslims beginning in mid-March 2008 in order to promote cultural and religious understanding.


--flickr Explore #94--

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Taken on May 8, 2009