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Umayyad Mosque

Umayyad Mosque interior ©
Umayyad Mosque interior ©

The Umayyad Mosque, or Grand Mosque of Damascus, is one of the largest, oldest and most impressive mosques in the world. It was constructed in 705 AD on a site that has been a place of worship for thousands of years, and took 10 years to complete. The mosque has three minarets, an enormous courtyard, and a large prayer hall consisting of three isles, with wall-to-wall thick carpets and mosaic panels on the interior walls. Inside the hall is a domed shrine housing the tomb of St John the Baptist, revered by Christians and Muslims alike.

Address: The mosque stands at the end of Souq al-Hamidiyeh in the old city

Opening times: Daily from dawn to dusk