Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque

| May 30, 2012 | 11 Comments

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Bagwan, Burnei

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Not a religious man myself I am always extremely impressed by monstrous religious structures. From the gigantic Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul they always provide a sense of wonderment.

This is the impressive Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque and it definitely fits in the impressive monstrous structure category. The gigantic dome is actually pure gold and rises 52m. It can basically be seen from anywhere in Bandar Seri Bagwan, the capital of Brunei.

Its actually built right on the shoreline next to the largest water village in the world, Kampong Ayer (check out our photos), and it is amazing to see the disparity in wealth side by side like this.

Reader question: What is the most impressive or favourite religious building that you have seen on your travels?

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  1. Alexandra says:

    Gorgeous photo! I too am not religious but when you visit major religious sites there often is an almost tactile feeling in the air. One of the places I visited where i felt this most was the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

  2. Claire says:

    One of the places I visited where i felt this most was the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Thanks that you’ve shared.

  3. Beautiful photo’s, can’t wait until I can travel there.

  4. Heading over to Europe for my masters in November, so I’ll be visiting a few countries in the middle east on my way. Quite embarrassed at the moment, just realised where Brunei is, don’t think I’ll be seeing it, oh well, never realised Brunei was just sitting in the Philippines.

  5. I visited Brunei a couple of months back and did this one too – it also looks great at night, there’s another few decent mosques in the city and surrounds as well including one at Kampong Ayer (Venice of the East). Glad to see some other tourists have gone there. Felt like we were the only backpackers about! Jonny
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  6. lyn barden says:

    I know Brunei is a wealthy country, I guess the Mosque indicates just how rich the country. Its certainly impressive. When its all said and done the Blue Mosque in Istanbul would still be my pick.
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