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Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

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Pay a visit to Umayyad Mosque, one of the holiest and largest places of worship in the Islamic world, and considered a masterpiece of early Islamic architecture. The massive complex was first erected in 634 CE on the site of a Byzantine church believed to contain the head of John the Baptist, and also marking the place where ancient Aramean and Roman temples once stood. Rebuilt a number of times, the grandiose structure boasts mosaics, art pieces, and minarets from different time periods, as well as the mausoleum that contains the remains of Sultan Saladin in a wooden sarcophagus. By using our Damascus tour planner, you can arrange your visit to Umayyad Mosque and other attractions in Damascus.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Beautiful place to visit in the center of the old city of Damascus, avoid the visit on Friday as the Souk around is close and the access to the mosque are restricted  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    The murals on the walls of the courtyard are amazing. Beautifuly decorated inside with huge chanderliers. Definitely a must see for any visitor to Damascus.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Umayyad mosque, popularly known as the Umayyad mosque, the mosque which is Alwaleed Bin Abdel Malik constructed in Damascus [1], the fourth month is Islamic mosques after Mecca and Medina took place, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, [2] it is one of the most prestigious Islamic mosques, one of the seven wonders of the world of Islam. [3] the Umayyad building began in 705 by Walid bin Abdul Malik, has his crowd of artificers Persians, Indians, and the Emperor dispatched Byzantium, Greek artist to participate in 100 statuettes [4], and received much praise and especially of the nomads, historians and writers who have passed through Damascus through the ages, and particularly praised the decorative ceiling of the mosque and its colorful mosaic, marble used in construction, but mostly a blur based on opinions not to let her until rediscovered and restored in 1928 and has as Historian Philip even as "representing the Syrian civil industry and not Greek or Byzantine art". [5] the Umayyad also boasts being the first mosque emerged mihrab
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  • June 15, 2017
    One of the most beautiful mosque of the world.
  • July 17, 2017
    The day will come (the End time)when Isa (AS) will descend from the sky on the minaret of this masjid
  • March 15, 2017
    Hazrat Isa (as) the Christ will descend on of the minarets of this great masjid
  • May 10, 2017
    Reflection of different religions in one place.
  • December 19, 2016
    The Blessed place where Eesa alaihi salaam would descent ! Mashallah ! Breathtaking!

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