Friday, May 17, 2013

Golden Glow

Dome Finials and Minaret Balconies, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE
© Doug Hickok  All Rights Reserved

Like a scene from the tales of the "Arabian Nights", g
olden balconies and finials glow in afternoon light on the Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Gold is used through out the detailing of this amazing edifice. I can not imagine how much of it was used, but I can assure you it is worth its weight in visual impact.

The English word carat comes from the Arabic qirat, a small unit of weight, specifically the coin weight for the medieval Arabian gold dinar.

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