Muscat Religious Buildings Walking Tour, Muscat

Today's Muscat is a multi-confessional city with many different religious buildings, including beautiful Islamic mosques and a wonderful Protestant Church. Among the mosques, the most notable is the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque. Follow this tour to explore Muscat's religious sites.
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Muscat Religious Buildings Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Muscat Religious Buildings Walking Tour
Guide Location: Oman » Muscat (See other walking tours in Muscat)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 4
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Author: leticia
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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

1) Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque (must see)

The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque is the main Mosque in the Sultanate of Oman. In 1992 Sultan Qaboos directed that his country of Oman should have a Grand Mosque. A competition for its design took place in 1993 and after a site was chosen at Bausher construction commenced in 1995. Building work, which was undertaken by Carillion Alawi LLC took six years and four months.

The Mosque is built from 300,000 tonnes of Indian sandstone. The main musalla (prayer hall) is square (external dimensions 74.4 x 74.4 metres) with a central dome rising to a height of fifty metres above the floor. The dome and the main minaret (90 metres) and four flanking minarets (45.5 metres) are the mosque’s chief visual features. The main musalla can hold over 6,500 worshipers, while the women’s musalla can accommodate 750 worshipers. The outer paved ground can hold 8,000 worshipers and there is additional space available in the interior courtyard and the passageways, making a total capacity of up to 20,000 worshipers.

A major feature of the design of the interior is the prayer carpet which covers the floor of the prayer hall. It contains, 1,700,000 knots, weighs 21 tonnes and took four years to produce, and brings together the classical Tabriz, Kashan and Isfahan design traditions. It is the second largest single piece carpet in the world. The carpet measures over 70 × 60 meters, and covers the 4,343 square meter area of the praying hall, all in a single piece.

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Al Touba Masjid

2) Al Touba Masjid

Al Touba Masjid or Al Touba Mosque is located between the Al Azaiba and Medinat Qaboos neighborhoods. Similarly to other Muscat mosques, it represents a magnificent piece of Islamic architecture and is quite popular with both locals and tourists.
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Abu Sumer

3) Abu Sumer

Abu Sumer is a religious place where you can learn about the world's earliest known civilization and its religion. Scientists say that the Sumerians were the first to write down their beliefs. Eventually, those beliefs found reflection in Mesopotamian mythology and astrology.
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Zawawi Mosque

4) Zawawi Mosque

Zawawi Mosque is a beautiful Muscat mosque, located very close to the Natural History Museum. It is a gift to the people of Oman by the Zawawi family. The mosque represents a grand religious site with a high minaret.

Walking Tours in Muscat, Oman

Create Your Own Walk in Muscat

Create Your Own Walk in Muscat

Creating your own self-guided walk in Muscat is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Muscat Cultural Walking Tour

Muscat Cultural Walking Tour

The impressive cultural and historic heritage of Muscat is duly reflected in its museums. Informative and insightful, most of them are popular tourist destinations and are worth visiting. Follow this tour to the most prominent museums of Muscat.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Wadi Kabir Self-Guided Tour

Wadi Kabir Self-Guided Tour

Wadi Kabir is one of the Muscat’s neighborhoods. Among its attractions there are several Islamic mosques, the wonderful Wadi Kabir roundabout, an amazing amusement park, the beautiful Al Wadi Al Kabeer Park, and a famous Friday market (Suq Al Jumah). Check out the most popular sights of Wadi Kabir in the next self-guided tour!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.8 km
Muttrah Walk

Muttrah Walk

Muttrah, an administrative district within the Muscat province, is a formerly major commercial hub of Oman, boasting one of the largest harbors and sea ports in the region. The city's fish market is one of the city's main attractions. Other landmarks include the Bait al-Baranda museum, the scenic Muttrah corniche, Jama Mosque, and Souq Muttrah, a traditional bazaar. To explore the most notable sights of Muscat’s Muttrah in more detail, take this self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Muscat Sights Self-Guided Tour

Muscat Sights Self-Guided Tour

Muscat is the wonderful capital city of a magnificent country which is known for picturesque beaches, beautiful mosques, historic forts, old gates, a splendid royal palace, scenic gardens, natural parks and other interesting sights. The majesty and splendor of Muscat's landmarks remind about the city's glorious past and rich culture. Check out the most popular landmarks in Muscat in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Muscat's Ruwi Walking Tour

Muscat's Ruwi Walking Tour

Ruwi is a commercial hub and the main business area of Muscat, the capital of the Sultanate of Oman. Among the key attractions here is a variety of multi-confessional religious buildings, an interesting and informative National Museum, and a beautiful Clock Tower and Park. Take the following tour to discover this wonderful part of Muscat.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Muscat for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Muscat has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Muscat, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.