Minbar de la Mezquita de los Omeyas, Damasco, Siria
The Great Mosque, In Damascas Syria. The Mosque was begun in 707 A.D. It is said to house the skull of St. John the Baptist. The Three aisles separated by arcades create a space similar to a Roman basilica. As a converted mosque, it still contains many of its Early Christian design elements. Many later mosques were designed after The Great Mosque.
10 fotos de Siria, antes y después de la guerra
The Great Mosque of Damascus is the first monumental work of architecture in Islamic history; the building served as a central gathering point after Mecca to consolidate the Muslims in their faith and conquest to rule the surrounding territories under the Umayyad Caliphate. The Umayyad mosque's religious significance was reinforced by its renowned medieval manuscripts and ranking as one of the wonders of the world due to is beauty and scale of construction.