Sunday, August 9, 2009

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

One of the unique and landmark in Bandar Seri Begawan, capital city of Brunei, is the Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque. It is a royal Islamic mosque that represents the most spectacular mosques in the Southeast Asia. It is such an important icon that the first and second series of Brunei banknotes have use it to feature the reverse side of the banknotes.

The Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque appears features at the back of 1st and 2nd Series of Brunei banknote.

The mosque was named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin, the late father of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah who is the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan or King of Brunei Darussalam. The building was completed in 1958 and is an impressive example of modern Islamic architecture.

The architect of this mosque is an Italian and many architectural elements of the mosque has been heavily influenced by both Islamic and Italian styles. The mosque consists of marble minarets and golden domes with courtyards and fertile gardens filled with fountains. The mosque is circulated by a plethora of trees and floral gardens which in Islam it is considered as an interpretation of heaven.

You will neer want to miss this when your visit to the Brunei Darussalam.

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