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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Masjid Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin di Brunei

Built: 1958 Cost: USD $5,000,000 Type: Holy place Observation deck: Yes Location: Kampong Ayer, Bandar Seri Begawan (formerly Brunei Town)

Amazing in appearance, but too beautiful to be true, The Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is Brunei's proudest architectural achievement. It sits on an artificial lagoon near the Brunei River in Kampong Ayer, which is appropriately enough, known as a "water village." A structure in the water that resembles a ship was at one time used for official state ceremonies. The mosque is the largest in the Far East, and considered among the most beautiful in the world. It reaches a height of 52 meters and is topped with a gold dome supported by walls of Italian marble, which also forms the mosque's columns, arches, and towers. The stained glass was hand made in England and the carpets are Saudi Arabian


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