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OMAYYAD MOSQUE

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.

A prominent feature of it are the three minarets built in different styles; the upper parts  of which  were  renovated during the Ayoubite ,  Mamluk , and Ottoman eras. The mosque has a large prayer hall and an enormous courtyard.

The interior walls are covered with mosaic panels,  made of colored and gilded glass, portraying scenes from nature. The dome is greyich-blue, celebrated for its magnificence.  The  prayer  hall  contains  domed  shrine venerated by both Christians and Muslims, the tomb of St. John the Baptist.

 
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