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1.Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque
Brunei’s largest mosque, Jame’Asr Hassanil Bolkiah Mosque, is one of the most famous mosques in Bandar Seri Begawan and features a total of 29 golden domes – to honour the 29th Sultan of Brunei. This beautiful mosque is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and fountains. The four terrazzo- tiled minarets add to the impressive exterior of the mosque. Its interior is very artistic and impressive and can hold up to 5,000 worshippers.
2.Omar Ali Saifuddien
The Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque is the pride of Bandar Seri Begawan. With marble minarets and a gold dome, it presents a modern Islamic style. Look closely at this grand structure and see a mixture of Malay and Mughal elements. Floral gardens surround the exterior, while an artificial lagoon acts as a reflecting pool. Inside, Saudi Arabian carpets cover the floors as British chandeliers hang from ceilings. We recommend visiting from the Waterfront and snapping a photo of the mosque next to its 16th-century Royal Barge.
3.Ash Shaliheen Mosque
This mosque is located by the side of the Prime Minister’s office and was designed by the renowned Egyptian architect – Abdel-Wahed El-Wakil. With its Moroccan-style architecture and turquoise domes, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful mosques in Bandar Seri Begawan. The Moroccan- style brass chandeliers with an artwork of hand-chiseled mosaic tiles, bordered with verses from the Holy Quran make-up the impressive interior of the mosque. Another beautiful feature of the mosque includes the courtyard and fountain that is designed with white Italian marble in a mosaic design.
4.The ‘Floating Mosque
Balai Ibadat is one of the most attractive mosques in Brunei for its setting. The tiny green mosque sits in the heart of the floating village, Kampong Ayer, serving its 13,000 permanent residents. Despite having a relatively unassuming appearance by Bruneian standards, few mosques hover above a river. We recommend snapping a photograph when exploring Kampong Ayer’s labyrinth of boardwalks.