A Nap at the Mosque

The most practical use offered by mosques is that they are a place of silence. Weary travellers may even use them to take a nap.

Foto0174-Esfahan Jameh MosqueI took this photo on my first trip to Iran in 2008/2009. This is Jameh Mosque in Isfahan, one of the oldest and at the same time one of the largest mosques in Iran. It is an enormous complex which invites you to spend hours strolling through the column-adorned rooms or across the courtyard with its water basins.

The most comfortable mosque I ever found for taking a rest was in Syria: Umayyad Mosque in Damascus which is lavishly equipped with carpets and comfortable pillows. Unfortunately I didn’t have a camera with me back then. And who knows if the mosque will still be standing next time I will be in Syria.

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About Andreas Moser

Travelling the world and writing about it. I have degrees in law and philosophy, but I'd much rather be a journalist, a spy or a hobo.
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6 Responses to A Nap at the Mosque

  1. Pingback: Ein Nickerchen in der Moschee | Der reisende Reporter

  2. johncoyote says:

    A beautiful photo. I wish we would respect places of worship. Those ancient places are reminders. Many had prayed/rested and worshiped. Thank you for the photo.

    • I am not at all religious, I am actually a hardcore atheist. But I like mosques and churches for their grandness and for the tranquillity they often offer. Recently, I was at two monasteries in Sicily and it was beautiful to walk around the cloister. Another place of worship I like is the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Rarely quiet (although I did once go after midnight when it was empty), almost always buzzing and busy, even the most non-religious person sees that it is a special place.

      • johncoyote says:

        I took my Native American belief as my own. I study all religions and I’m glad when someone can find hope and peace in something. You are very lucky. It is good to be able to travel. I saw 40 countries in my time in the service along time ago. Good to have a camera and a open mind.

  3. Allah U Ekber says:

    It’s a pity an open minded atheist as yourself bans people and our posts upon our worldviews…

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