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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|
|Notes||Arcaded main court|
|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 Amazon.com
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 Amazon.com
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