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Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed was the first president of the UAE, and this mosque, the third largest in the world, was his last great project before his death in 2004.

I wasn't really aware of this mosque until I started paying attention to photography competitions and shows -- it's a frequent subject, and I've seen some gorgeous photos of it. (Mine, alas, aren't nearly as good as I'd hoped -- you really need more time and the chance to see it at different times of day.)

One thing photos really don't capture is the sheer size of it. This is a portion of the central courtyard -- there are more than a thousand of those columns forming the arcade around it. The mosque complex covers more than 30 acres.

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