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Omayyad Mosque, Damascus: 79 reviews and 227 photos

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Historians have debated whether or not the Omayyad Mosque, in its earliest form, had four minarets. The current structure has only three dating from various periods. What is known, though, is that the existing two southern minarets (adjacent to the enclosed structure) were built over the bases of Roman towers that formed part of the Temenos. The northern side supposedly had two other Roman towers which were removed when the entire northern wall was rebuilt in the 12th century. The three existing minarets are: Tower of the Bride (9th - 12th centuries), Tower of Jesus (13th century with later Ottoman additions), and Western Tower (15th century Mamluke period).

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  • Updated Feb 21, 2007
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