Just like churches dominate the European landscape, Mosques take the honor in the Middle East. During my travels in the Middle East this winter I had the chance to visit a few and photograph some of them. I was rarely let inside the mosques to do photography, but when I was it was a special treat. I had to go ‘under cover’ in cloak and head-cover which was often provided to me. In fact, sometimes I was only allowed to go to the women’s prayer area and not allowed to set foot in the main prayer hall. Regardless I found these mosques interesting and exotic and many were ornate beyond the imagination. Here’s a few of my favorites from Lebanon, Jordan, and a past trip to Egypt.
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View from Mohammad al-Amin Mosque womans prayer room hidden away above the men
Sherry Ott is a refugee from corporate IT who is now a long term traveler, blogger, and photographer. She’s a co-founder of Briefcasetobackpack.com, a website offering career break travel inspiration and advice.
Additionally, she runs an around the world travel blog writing about her travel and expat adventures at Ottsworld.com.com.
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