Skywatch: Mosque Shades


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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About SusieOfArabia

American woman now living in hubby's homeland of Saudi Arabia
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21 Responses to Skywatch: Mosque Shades

  1. Pingback: My World: Gas Station Mosques (400th Post!) « JEDDAH DAILY PHOTO JOURNAL

  2. Hi to Everybody and thanks so much for all your nice comments!

  3. Niina says:

    Interesting photo! I love it!

  4. Arija says:

    A lovely photo of a beautiful architectural feature.

  5. Fishing Guy says:

    Susie: That is a very nice shot of the umbrellas in the sky, thaks for sharing.

  6. Anchi says:

    What a beautiful photo. I love Arab world and history of the Old World. It fascinates me since my childhood. I will visit your blog regularly. Thanks for sharing this shot.

  7. Mo says:

    Wow! These are really impressive

  8. Wish more American (new) Architecture was pretty as well as functional. These are lovely.

  9. Marahm says:

    Theses lovely structures echo the elegant architecture I’ve seen in the Kingdom. I wonder whether the beauty of Arabic calligraphy has influenced the forms and shapes of things on the largest scale of society– buildings.

  10. Erin says:

    what a fab idea to shield visitors from the rays of the sun…and so pretty and artistic as well. like.
    as always…enjoy your blog and posts…most informative.

  11. Stunning. Such a sense of ‘place’ with this photo. Not a lot of SKY..but I love it!

  12. babooshka says:

    Very original and again it is such a part of your world that is new to me.

  13. Chris says:

    Beautiful interesting picture!

  14. Suzanne M says:

    Hello again this week your photo is fantastic and it so nice to learn more about other places through watching the skies.
    Happy SWF.

  15. tina says:

    Another beautiful sky! Great pic and you really get a feel for how big the umbrellas truly are with the people in the pic for size comparison. The blue in the umbrella really “pops” with the blue in the sky.

  16. Guy D says:

    Wow are those ever cool, I would love to see that in person. Great shots and thanks for sharing.

    Regina In Pictures

  17. Elaine says:

    This photo is gorgeous! I love architecture that can stand alone as art.

  18. kayleen says:

    lovely photo. thanks for sharing.

  19. Tabib says:

    Beautiful picture.
    I was there in 2003 and witness that umbrella in motion at night

  20. ewok1993 says:

    Very interesting fixture. They are such an eye candy as much as a functional piece.

    Mine’s here:

  21. Geogypsy says:

    They look like fans being held up to the sky. A uniquely beautiful capture.

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