A bit of classical Islamic architecture in downtown Bandar, Brunei, the Omar Ali Saifuddien Mosque stands as a tribute to Sultan Sir Muda Omar Ali Saifuddien. The Sultan, father of His Majesty Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, is regarded as
the architect of modern Brunei. Anchored in a lagoon beside the Mosque is a replica of a 16th century Mahligai, or royal barge, where religious ceremonies were held during the 1960 and 1970.
The Istana Nurul Iman. became the largest residential palace in the world and the largest single family residence ever built, The palace contains 2000 rooms, a banquet hall that can be expanded to accommodate up to 5000 guests, a mosque accommodating 1,500 people. The palace also includes a 110 car garage, an air conditioned stable for the Sultan's 200 polo ponies, and 5 swimming pools. In total, Istana Nurul Iman contains 2,152,782 square feet (200,000 m²) of floorspace. Because of its massive size, Istana Nurul Iman makes use of 600 chandeliers, 55,000 light bulbs, 50 stairwells, and 20 elevators
The 30-year-old heir to the throne of this tiny oil-rich sultanate and his bride, 17 year old girl Dayangku Sarah binti Pengiran Salleh Ab Rahaman forged a royal union at the Bersanding. His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'Izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan
Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Wa
ddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam