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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Umayyad Mosque

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Pilgrims in Courtyard
Facing towards Mecca
Pilgrim at Tomb
Tomb of John the Baptist
Dome of the Treasury
Courtyard of Mosque

The Umayyad Mosque in decorative splendor ranks with Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock and as a holy mosque ranks only second to Mecca. On this site the Aramaeans built a temple over 3000 years ago, a partner to the Temple of Bel at Palmyra. The Romans made it a temple of Jupiter. Constantine made it a Christian Temple and around 700 AD it became a mosque and Damascus became the capital of the Islamic world. The walls of the mosque are covered with mosaics and the tomb of John the Baptist is inside. During Christian times the temple was dedicated to John the Baptist.

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