Umayyad mosque

One of the most famous landmarks in Damascus. The mosque contains the tomb of Prophet Yahya (St. John the Baptist) located in the heart of the Old City. The mosque has a rich history in all eras and civilizations. It was an Aramaic temple then it was converted in the Roman era into a temple that was established in the first century AD, then it was turned into a church because it contains the tomb of St. John the Baptist. When the Muslims entered Damascus, led by Khaled bin Al Waleed and Abu Abu Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrah, half of it became a mosque and the other half a church. Then the Umayyad Caliph al-Walid bin ,Abdul-Malik in 86 AH (705 AD) converted the church into a mosquet, rebuilt it and embellished and covered it with mosaics, minarets and inscriptions. It is the best of .what the mosque were decorated in in the history of Islam

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