Great Mosque of Damascus: Shrine of John the Baptist (Yahyā) within the mosque

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The mosque holds a shrine which today may still contain the head of John the Baptist, honored as a prophet by both Christians and Muslims alike.

The Great Mosque of Damascus constructed by the Umayyad caliph al-Walid I (reigned 705-715), is a seminal monument of Islamic architecture. The site chosen was the holiest in the city, having successively held temples to the Syrian storm-god Hadad and Jupiter Damascenus and the church of John the Baptist (the mosque still contains a shrine to John the Baptist). The prayer hall used the existing propylaeum and is laid out internally on an east-west axis like a Christian basilica.

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Attribute NameValues
Alternate Title
  • Umayyad Mosque

Creator
  • G. Massiot & cie

Subject
  • Architecture

  • Shrines

  • Mosques

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Umayyad

Place of Creation
  • Damascus, Dimashq, Syria

  • +33.511944+36.306667

  • Damascus

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Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
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