Taken at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, this photo shows some of the attractive umbrella shades which provide respite from the sun on really hot days. The umbrellas are fully detachable or can be closed upward – if you look closely you can see at least three in closed position. The stands are permanent fixtures which supply lighting for the evenings and are works of art unto themselves. I love the scalloped edges of the shades and the pretty blue designs decorating them. The enormous completely tiled square extends totally around this amazingly beautiful mosque and could easily accommodate thousands of people. In the background you can see lots of construction – more hotels to house visitors to this holy city of Islam. Because of the close proximity of the conveniently located hotels, many visitors perform the five daily prayers right at the mosque. There is a large women’s section – men and women do not pray together at this mosque.
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