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"Impressive 1300+ Years Mosque" Omayyad Mosque Tip by nicemason

Omayyad Mosque, Damascus: 79 reviews and 227 photos

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by nicemason

Damascus & Countryside:Landmarks of Old Damascus

The Omayyad Mosque

This Great Mosque stands at the heart of the Old city at the end of Souq al-Hamidiyeh. It was built by the Omayyad Caliph al-Walid ibn Abdul Malek in 705 A.D. when Damascus was the capital of the Arab Islamic Empire.
It was constructed on the site of what has always been a place of worship: first, a temple for Hadad, the Aramean god of the ancient Syrians three thousand years ago; then, a pagan temple (the temple of Jupiter the Damascene) during the Roman era. It was later turned into a church called John the Baptist when Christianity spread in the fourth century. Following the Islamic conquest in 635, Muslims and Christians agreed to partition it between them, and they began to perform their rituals side by side.

Address: Heart of Old Damascus
Directions: It is located at the end of Hamidiyah Souk

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  • Written Sep 6, 2004
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