Great Mosque of Damascus


A 4th-century, Pre-Islamic Inscription

On the mosque, there remains an inscription in Greek that was part of the original church. It reads: “Your kingdom, oh Christ, is an everlasting kingdom. and your dominion endures throughout all generations.”

Here’s a 19th-century photo of it:

A 10th-century Description

A 10th-century Arab geographer named Muqaddasi (whose name means “Jerusalemite”) recorded his explanation for why it was right to build the Great Mosque of Damascus and the Dome of the Rock.

A 15th-century Depiction

This image is from a manuscript copied sometime between 1330 and 1450, called “the Book of Wonders.”

A 19th-century Photo