48 Hours in Muscat

Oman, Muscat Guide (B): 48 Hours in Muscat

Dating back to the 1st century, Muscat gained prominence in the 14th century when traders used it as a maritime hub on their way to or from India, the far East, Zanzibar and Europe. Indeed, the capital of Oman is located in a natural harbour ideally suited for the safe mooring of vessels that has made the Sultanate a nation of seafarers. Today, Muscat is a vibrant city open on the world that is worth spending a few days exploring.

The sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is a splendid example of Islamic architecture combining traditional workmanship with modern building techniques. Open to non-Muslims in the morning (8-11), dress appropriately and wander through its gardens before entering the main prayer hall. What used to be the mosque of the superlatives with the largest chandelier, the largest handmade Iranian carpet and simply the largest mosque in the world has been only recently downgraded to second positon behind the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Nevertheless despite the grandeur and refinement of the mosque, the Omani humility is omnipresent giving it a charm that is merely second to none. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: 48 Hours in Muscat
Guide Location: Oman » Muscat
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: The sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque   The Royal Opera House   Bait al Baranda museum   Muttrah souq   Bait al Luban   Muttrah fish market   Muttrah fort   Bait al Zubair museum   National Museum of Oman   Oman French museum   The palace of the sultan   Al Jalali   Al Mirani   Al Jissa   Yiti   Al Sifah   Sifat al Shaikh  
Author: Marcella Van Alphen
Read it on author's website: https://bestregardsfromfar.com/2018/12/17/48-hours-in-muscat/