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  al-Qayqan Mosque
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  • al-Qayqan Mosque - Aleppo
      al-Qayqan Mosque
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  • Hittite Columns Reused - Aleppo
      Hittite Columns Reused
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  • al-Qayqan by night - Aleppo
      al-Qayqan by night
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  • Hittite Column closeup - Aleppo
      Hittite Column closeup
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What might be considered the least attractive mosque in Aleppo is perhaps also its most interesting! The Qayqan Mosque (Mosque of the Crows) is a Mamluke-period edifice located just north of Bab Antakya (Antioch Gate) up a steep set of steps. The construction of the mosque incorporated numerous ancient blocks, including Roman and Hittite columns used to reinforce the walls of the building, decorating it like polka dots. The arch over the entrance is supported by two very well preserved Hittite-period black basalt columns, which had probably been re-used in Roman and Byzantine times before finally making it into this mosque. Al-Qayqan's location at the top of a hill affords it excellent views over the city's fortified walls towards the new city of Aleppo.

Directions: Just north of Bab Antakya (Antioch Gate), overlooking the ramparts.

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  • Updated Jan 26, 2009
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