Umayyad Mosque in Damascus Syria

on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria is one of the oldest and the largest mosques in the worlds. It is known for its intricate architectural beauty. Sometimes, it is also called the Grand Mosque of Damascus. The elegant color combination with the lighting makes the mosque even more beautiful. The tomb stands in a garden that is adjacent to the wall of the mosque. The mosque holds a memorial and contains the head of John the Baptist, who is said to be honored as a great prophet and preacher by both Christian and Muslims.
Damascus is said to be the oldest colonized city in the world and the mosques is located on the land that is considered the most sacred ground. The mosque has been created for over 3000 years starting in 1000 BC, on the same ground, a temple was made for Hadad, who happens to be the god of storm and lightening. In the north east corner of the mosque a sphinx has been discovered.
Umayyad Mosque

Umayyad Mosque

Umayyad Mosque

Umayyad Mosque

Umayyad Mosque

Umayyad Mosque
A huge Temple of Jupiter was built over the Aramean Temple by the Romans in the 1st century AD. The temple was made on a raised rectangular platform with square corners on all four sides. It was during the 4th century that the temple became a church. The temple was broken and a church was built and was dedicated to a Baptist called John. The Muslim took over the Damascus in 636; however, it did not affect the church. The building today is shared by both the Christians and Muslim Pilgrims.