I arrived back home past noon time for New Year. I’ve been wanting to visit Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid, the biggest and largest mosque in the Philippines! I haven’t been there ever since it was launched a few years ago. So I wanted to have this time to pay a visit.

Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Masjid is located in Cotabato City which is my home. The City is such place that has been marred by negative publicity it constantly gets– bomb blast, kidnapping, etc. Although, I can’t deny these things really happen, but I still want to inspire you and go beyond your comfort zone to discover the positive things this City has to offer! Don’t judge a place by its reputation as they say.

So here are 11 scenes to inspire your visit to Cotabato City!

I feel like I have been immediately transported to the Middle East because of its design. It rose like a golden sun attracting tourists to this misunderstood city!

The mosque was funded by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei at a reported cost of US$48 million. It can accommodate 15,000 worshippers.
The domes which are painted in gold are adorned by crescent moons.
I admired every details of this mosque. From the windows, the white walls, the gray accent details, up to the golden painted crescent moon on top of the minarets. There’s a mark of sophistication in its simplicity.
The dome and the minaret

When I got inside, I love how the silence was deafening! Despite being Muslim’s place of worship, the architect behind the mosque is a Christian. How nice of two religions working together!

The arches really blend with the other carvings and compliment with the curves of the domes.
Up close with The Dome

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