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Borneo Island - Sultanate of Brunei - Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque in Bandar Seri Begawan

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Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin Mosque is a royal Islamic mosque located in Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital of the Sultanate of Brunei. The mosque is one of the most spectacular mosques in the Asia Pacific and a major landmark and tourist attraction of Brunei. The mosque unites Mughal architecture and Italian styles. The mosque is built in an artificial lagoon on the banks of the Brunei River at Kampong Ayer, the "village in the water". It has marble minarets and golden domes with courtyards and lush gardens full of fountains. The mosque is surrounded by a plethora of trees and floral gardens which in Islam symbolize heaven. A bridge reaches across the lagoon to Kampong Ayer in the middle of the river. Another marble bridge leads to a structure in the lagoon meant as a replica of a 16th Century Sultan Bolkiah mahligai barge. It was built to commemorate the 1,400th anniversary of Nuzul Al-Quran (coming down of the Quran), completed in 1967 and used to stage Quran reading competitions.

Borneo is famous for its tropical forests, orangutans, headhunters (the real ones) and many other things, what I didnt expect was that I would find there some of the most spectacular mosques I have ever seen and I have seen few by now. Capturing this place shortly after sunset with moment like this while you listen to call for prayer is truly wonderful experience.

If you are curious how movie from this place would look like check it on :

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Camera Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II; Lens: 17.00 - 40.00 mm; Focal length: 17.00 mm; Aperture: 14; Exposure time: 32.0 s; ISO: 100

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