"Al Jamaa al-Kebir (the Great Mosque)" Umayyad Mosque Tip by Tijavi

Umayyad Mosque, Aleppo: 19 reviews and 47 photos

  The courtyard with the minaret
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  • The courtyard with the minaret - Aleppo
      The courtyard with the minaret
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  • Minaret all lighted up - Aleppo
      Minaret all lighted up
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      Minaret at daytime
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      Inside, it's all about solitude
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As the name implies, this is Aleppo's mosque of mosques, built by Caliph Al Walid of Damascus' Umyyad Mosque fame, and Caliph Suleiman (c. AD 700). Historical buffs may be disappointed to know that nothing much of the original structures exist today due to countless destructions and rebuildings in the past. The sole remaining structure that survives today is the free standing minaret, which, with its intricate ornamentation, is a mesmerizing sight especially when lighted at night.

Entering the mosque won't cost you a single piastre, although donations are welcome. As always, observe proper etiquette when entering such holy Islamic places.

Directions: Within the souq area in the old city

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 14, 2007
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