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Al-Omari Mosque, Beirut

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#4 of 15 in Historic Sites in Beirut
Ruin Religious Site
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. Put Al-Omari Mosque into our Beirut trip generator to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Beirut.
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  • Very historic and opened to non-Muslims. The architecture is lovely and it's a good place to duck into when the weather is hot. There is AC inside. Rembert to your shoes off and to be respectful.  more »
  • Make sure to look at the original marble mihrab and pulpit. Refill your water bottle with the chilled bottled water.  more »
  • This mosque dates back to the Byzantine times and used to be a church. It's architecture is awesome.  more »
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  • very nice peaceful huge mosque
  • Oldest mosque in lebanon
  • this mosque is supr
  • Great mosque
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