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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

School Holiday

Since the school holiday has started last week, my uncle and his family came to Terengganu for a holiday last weekend. So i quite became a tour guide and accompanied them to visit the popular places around Terengganu.

On Saturday, we went to Nor ArfA Batik as my aunt wanted to buy kain sutera. It was not a place for me, so i lazed around playing with the stuffs they sell. Hahaha

from left: my little sister Bella, her bf and me. Sadly, where my bf?? LOL

Then, after lunch we went to Taman Tamadun Islam (TTI) at Losong. That was my first time there too. At TTI, we walked around to see the monumens of Islamic building existed all around the world. There were 21 mosques there. It was very tiring but fun.

Here are the photo that i snapped on that day.

Masjid Kristal Terengganu

closer view

National Mosque, Malaysia

Built in 1965 as a tribute to Malaysia's first Prime Minister, its main roof is reminiscent of an open Royal Parasol, and the minaret's cap a folded one.

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

front view

side view

The fifth Mughal emperor Shah Jahan built Taj Mahal in loving memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal, as a symbol of his eternal love for her.

Al-Haram Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia

front view

side view

This mosque houses the holiest place in the world for all Muslims, the Ka'bah. In Arabic, Ka'bah means "a high place with respect and prestige" and Muslims all over the world face the Ka'bah during prayers.

Great Mosque of Qairawan, Tunisia

Built in 670 by Uqba ibn Nafi, this is the oldest Islamic monument in Tunisia with the oldest dated minaret. Today, having been rebuilt three times, this mosque symbolises in Qairawan.

Aleppo Citadel, Syria

Estimated to have been built during the 10th Century B.C., it became a citadel under the Seleucids. Saladin's son, Ghazi used it both as a residence and fortress.

Mosque of Mohamed Ali, Eqypt

Also known as the Alabaster Mosque owing to the extensive use of this fine material, this mosque was built by Mohammed Ali whose reign is known as the beginning of the Eqyptian renaissance.

Nabawi Mosque, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Madinah, in full is Madinat Rasul Allah which means "City of the Prophet of Allah" and is the second holiest site in Islam. Built on the site of Muhammad's home and where he was buried.

Suleyman Mosque, Turkey

Built in 1557, during the 46 year reign of Suleyman of the Ottoman Empire. It housed infirmaries, a medical school, a hospital, shops, cells and arms-houses.

Kubbah As-Sakhrah, Baitul Muqqaddis, Palestin

Built in 692 C.E. under the patronage of the Umayyad Caliph Abdul al-Malik ibn Marwan, it enshrines the Sacred Rock and commemorates the Prophet Muhammad's Ascension to the heavens to visit Allah.

Kalyan Minaret, Uzbekistan

Built in 1127 by Arslan-Khan, the minaret, made of baked bricks, is aflawless example of both civil engineering and superior architectural creation.

Kul Sharif Mosque, Kazan, Rusia

Once left in ruins, the reconsruction of this mosque following the collapse of the Soviet Union is reflective of Kazan's 1000 year long history and its design is reminiscent of the historical surrounding of the Kremlin.

Abu Nasr Parsa, Afghanistan

Built in the 17th century in Timurid style, the shrine in this octagonal structure is dedicated to an eminent theologian, Khwaja Abu Nasr Parsa who was a spiritual leader of the Naqshbandi order.

Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq

Commissioned byAbbasid caliph Al-Mutawakkil in the 9th century and built entirely of bricks and clay, today it stands majestically in the largest ancient city in the world, just north of Baghdad.

Great Mosque of Agadez, Niger

Built in the 16th century when the city was at its height, this mosque is made of dried earth and it topped by a pyramid-shaped minaret apiked with 13 rows of stakes to strengthen the structure.

Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

Once, the largest mosque in the world with capacity of 65 000 Muslims, this mosque was built in 1673 by Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb Alamgir.

Kudus Minar, Central Jaya, Indonesia

Built in 1549 by Sunan Kudus (Ja'far Shodiq), its unique feature is the harmonization of Hindu-Javanese style with an Islamic function, epitomized in its tower resembling a Chandi, typically found in Hindu temples.

Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddin, Brunei

Built in 1958 in Bandar Seri Begawan and named after the 28th Sultan of Brunei, this mosque was designed by an Italian architect.

Pattani Central Mosque, Thailand

Built in 1954 during the administration of Field Marshal Sarit. This mosque resembles the Taj Mahal as it is the local point of Thai Muslims and a centre for religious ceremonies.

Xian Mosque, China

This mosque that was founded in 1392 by naval admiral Haj Cheng Ho during Tang Dynasty typifies a Buddhist temple, however its grand axis is aligned from east to west, facing Mecca.

Hehe.. there's also a playground there.. Kami kanak2 ribena

from left: my lil cousin anas, me, my mom in orange and my aunt in red.. =]

Last photo, background of Sg Terengganu..
So, anyone feel like having a trip here? call me, i can be your tourist guide FOC. LOL