Great Mosque of Damascus
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Location Damascus, Syria   map
Date 706 to 715   timeline
Building Type temple - mosque
 Construction System bearing masonry
Climate hot, dry, desert
Context urban
Style Islamic
Notes Arcaded main court






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Discussion Great Mosque of Damascus Commentary

Part of the Ancient City of Damascus UNESCO World Heritage Site:

"Founded in the 3rd millenium B.C. it is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East. In the Middle Ages Damascus was the centre of a flourishing artisan industry (swords and laces). Amongst the 125 monuments from the different periods of its history, the 8th-century Great Mosque of the Umajjades is one of the most spectacular, built on the site of an Assyrian sanctuary. "


Sources on Great Mosque of Damascus

Sir Banister Fletcher. A History of Architecture. London: The Butterworth Group, 1987. ISBN 0-408-01587-X. LC 86-31761. NA200.F63 1987. discussion, p416. interior, exterior photos, p417. — The classic text of architectural history. Expanded 1996 edition available at

Henri Stierlin. Comprendre L'Architecture Universelle. Paris: Office du Livre S.A. Fribourg (suisse), 1977. plan drawing, p344.

Marvin Trachtenberg and Isabelle Hyman. Architecture, from Prehistory to Post-Modernism. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1986. p2176. Plan, exterior photo. — Available at

Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5.— Available at  Find books about Great Mosque of Damascus


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