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Sultan Umar Ali Saifuddien Mosque. Brunei.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Masjid in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei


The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is a majestic mosque in the capital city of Bandar Seri Begawan. The mosque is named after Omar Ali Saifuddien III, the father of current Sultan Hassanil Bolkiah, and symbolizes the Islamic faith in Brunei. A conspicuous structure in the skyline of the city, it was constructed in 1958.


The mosque is built blending the Islamic architecture with Italian style. It is set in a man-made lagoon on the banks of the Water Village and is beautifully lit during the night.


The main feature of the mosque is the main dome which is covered with pure gold. The minarets are constructed out of marble. The prayer hall can accommodate over 3,000 people and has beautiful carvings with arches, tinted glass windows and marble columns. The mosque is surrounded by trees and flower gardens giving a blissful touch.

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Taken on March 25, 2009