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In Photos: Brunei’s Beautiful Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

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Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei’s Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque has some gorgeous tiling

On a day trip to the Brunei capital I was wowed by a selection of Bandar Seri Begawan’s highlights, from mosques and floating villages to food markets and museums.

But the country’s largest mosquewhich was built by the current Sultan was undoubtedly the most impressive thing I saw during my short visit to the tiny state.

In fact the Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is one of the most impressive and beautiful buildings I’ve seen anywhere in the world…

Brunei’s Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque is a breath-taking sight no matter your faith or your personal opinion of the State of Brunei.

It was built in 1994 to celebrate the silver jubilee of the Sultan and includes a private entrance for the Sultan only, as well as 29 golden domes and 29 huge chandeliers adorned with Swarovski crystals – the biggest weighing a staggering 3.5 tons.

The mosque is considered to be one of the most amazing examples of modern Islamic architecture in the whole of Southeast Asia, but even if you’re not a Muslim you can visit and see for yourself  – the mosque will give you a robe before entering, much like many places of worship around the world, to ensure that your dress fits the cultural and religious requirements.

Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

At the Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

It’s rightly one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions too, and like many others I visited wielding my camera and attempted to capture the opulence and vastness of this place of worship, known locally as the Kiarong Mosque…

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

The Sultan’s private entrance to the mosque.

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

This is just part of the area reserved for worshipper’s shoes

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Brunei's Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque

Photographing Brunei’s Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque


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