Oman inaugurates Qurna Qaid Mosque after restoration

Muscat: The Ministry of Heritage and Tourism inaugurated today the Qurna Qaid archaeological mosque in the Wilayat of Samail in the Governorate of A’Dakhiliyah, under the patronage of His Excellency Sheikh Sultan bin Ali Al Nuaimi, the Wali of Samail.

The mosque – which is located at a height of approximately 3 meters from the surface of the earth – consists of the main prayer hall, and a pylon with an area of ​​​​40 square meters, and from the inside it consists of a mihrab, columns with architectural arches, four windows, and two entrances from the side of the edifice, and the outer edifice consists of a seating bench. On the side of the gate, with stairs on both sides of 11 degrees on each side.

The restoration work included treating cracks in the external and internal walls, removing damaged mud walls and replacing them with flat stones and sarooj, treating the surface of the mosque to allow the flow of rainwater, using an iron grid to prevent cracks, then making an insulating layer to prevent water leakage, and showing the mosque with the same intervention mechanism used previously.

In the external facades of Samael Fort, replacing the mosque’s edifice door with a wooden door that is compatible with the traditional doors in historical mosques, and preparing prayer rooms in accordance with the requirements of worshipers and with the general framework of the mosque’s heritage architectural elements. The mosque was also equipped with an audio system and internal and external loudspeakers, in addition to all the necessary services such as electricity, air conditioning systems, toilets, cleaning the precincts of the mosque, and making minor improvements to the Falaj stream.

The restoration and maintenance work took about a year and a half, which took place in several stages, represented by: the stage of documentation and photography, cleaning and consolidation work, then preparing the drawings for the restoration work, taking into account the preservation of the architectural vocabulary and the style in which the mosque was built, and the use of traditional building materials, including Sarooj, stones and clay, which constituted 70 percent of the materials.

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