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Al-Omari Mosque, Beirut

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#4 of 15 in Historic Sites in Beirut
Feel the intimate atmosphere of worship at Al-Omari Mosque. The former Byzentine church dedicated to Saint John has stood since the 12th century, but Mamluks transformed it in 1291, declaring it a mosque. Built over the site of the roman imperial baths, the Roman style (vaults, stone columns, and capitals) dominates the architecture, even though the minaret and entrance in the Mamluk style stand as a historical testaments. Admire the intricate Ottoman detailing that decorates the mosque walls. Use our Beirut trip planning site to add Al-Omari Mosque and other attractions to your Beirut vacation plans.
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  • The site is interesting to view from outside as an ancient structure (closed to tourists on day of visit) and particularly peaceful even though it sits in the centre of the city with busy streets surr...  more »
  • Church? Mosque? Both! This building has been a church at the time of the Crusaders which explains its entirely novel character. Transformed into a mosque in the middle ages, it retains its three apses, but the mirhab is oriented differently, it is very amazing! A very nice tour, but women must agree to wear a full veil, lent to the entry
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  • I liked the way this historic mosque had been renovated and well maintained. Close to another mosque and church which demonstrate well the mosaic and religious tolerance of the country  more »
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  • One of the oldest mosque in Beirut. It is a must see
  • Serene ... beirut most beautiful mosque History of this mosque is interesting
  • very nice peaceful huge mosque
  • A must visit ... Historical mosque
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