Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is an exquisite building with a lot of intricate detailing and careful craftsmanship. It was nice to be able to visit and spatially understand a different culture and religions building type. It was even more exciting to have the opportunity to meet a new friend, who also shares a love of architecture to explain some of the cool facts and cultural differences. Of course out of respect for others religious beliefs women are required to wear “abayas” while inside the mosque. There are thousands of these for borrowing from a section beside the parking garage bellow for visitors to use. Beside the mosque is the burial place of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, first President of the UAE. His mausoleum is an similarly exquisite miniature model of the grand mosque. It is clearly evident upon visiting the site that this was a ruler who was greatly loved and respected by everyone in the country. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan was responsible for bringing the emirates together to unite as a country. Compared with United States History it would be like visiting a memorial to George Washington or Thomas Jefferson or other leading founding father of the United States, except slightly more intensified because in this case founding father is singular rather than plural.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


About luelaine15

Hi, I’m Elaine. I am an undergraduate student at Lehigh University. I am studying Civil Engineering and Architecture through Lehigh’s Arts-Engineering program. This is a five year program through which I will graduate with two bachelors degrees. In addition to being a dual major here at Lehigh I have been a student-athlete in our NCAA Division I Women’s Rowing Team. I am involved in the Reformed University Fellowship. I am also a member of Lehigh’s chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Society of Women Engineers, Chi Epsilon, and Tau Beta Pi. In semesters where my schedule has permitted, I have also been an Engineering Tour Guide for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering. View all posts by luelaine15

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