Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque, Brunei Darussalam

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is a royal Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital 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 country dominates the skyline of the capital. The building was completed in 1958 and is an example of modern Islamic architecture. The mosque's most recognizable feature, the main dome, is covered in pure gold. The mosque stands 52 m high and can be seen from virtually anywhere in Bandar Seri Begawan. 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 Shangai, the crystal chandeliers from England and the carpets from Saudi Arabia.

Thanks to mapache who sent me this postcard from her southasian trip!

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