The Ummayad Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque of Damascus , located in the old city of Damascus, is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world.
After the Arab conquest of Damascus, the mosque was built on the Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist since the time of the Roman emperor Constantine I.
Initially, the Muslim conquest of Damascus in 634 did not affect the church, as the building came to be shared by Muslim and Christian worshippers. It remained a church although the Muslims built a mud brick structure against the southern wall so that they could pray. Under the Umayyad caliph Al-Walid I, however, the church was converted to a mosque. Between 706 and 715 the current mosque was built in its place. Qubbat al-Khazna, meaning the "Dome of the Treasury", is an old structure, located inside the courtyard of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. It is an octagonal structure decorated with mosaics, standing on eight Roman columns.
Old manuscripts were housed in Qubbat al-Khazna in the past
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Photo taken in Amarah Jouwaniyah, Damascus, Syria
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