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Abu Dhabi’s Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque – the world’s second favourite landmark

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque named TripAdvisor’s second-favourite landmark

Abu Dhabi’s stunning Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque has come second in TripAdvisor’s 2016 list of the world’s top 25 landmarks, beating the likes of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Taj Mahal in India.

The magnificent mosque – kept from the top spot by only Peru’s Machu Picchu – is able to accommodate more than 40,000 worshippers.

It boasts 82 domes, more than 1,000 columns, 24-carat-gold gilded chandeliers and the world’s largest handmade carpet, which weighs 35 tonnes, measures 5,627 square metres, and took 1,200 women two years to make. It is open to non-Muslims, is free to enter and complimentary guided tours are offered daily, except on Friday mornings.

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