Muscat's Top Religious Sites (Self Guided), 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's Top Religious Sites Map

Guide Name: Muscat's Top Religious Sites
Guide Location: Oman » Muscat (See other walking tours in Muscat)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.5 Km or 4.7 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Ghala Protestant Church
  • Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque
  • Al Touba Masjid
  • Abu Sumer
  • Zawawi Mosque
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Ghala Protestant Church

1) Ghala Protestant Church

This Protestant Church is located in Ghala, one of Muscat’s districts, behind the Grand Mosque. The Ghala Church serves a Christian community in Oman who keep it rather busy during the week. The church has a lively morning service on Fridays and a more traditional service every other day at 11 am.
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Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque

2) 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.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Al Touba Masjid

3) 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

4) 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

5) 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.

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