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Welcome to Al-Omari Mosque

Al-Omari Mosque

One of the biggest and oldest mosques in Lebanon, the Al-Omari Mosque in Beirut is a worthwhile tourist attraction, boasting an interesting history. Built in 1291, the Al-Omari mosque was one of the first buildings in Beirut to be restored after the Lebanese Civil War - showing its cultural importance to the citizens of Lebanon's capital city. The Al-Omari Mosque started life as a Crusader church (the Cathedral of St John), but when the Mamluks took control of Beirut from the Crusaders they immediately began converting the cathedral into the large, impressive mosque that we see today. Visitors to the Al-Omari mosque should dress appropriately (no revealing clothing), and request permission before entering. Note that the mosque is closed to visitors during prayer times and over the whole month of Ramadan.

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Corner of Rue Weygand and Rue Allenby
Arabic is the official language. French and English are also spoken.

The official currency is the Lebanese Pound (LBP), which is divided into 100 Piastres. The Lebanese Pound is locally known as the 'Lira'. ATM machines are widely available in Lebanon except in isolated towns and cash can be withdrawn from banks during business hours. Credits cards are widely used and travellers checks in US dollars are accepted at major exchange offices.

Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October).
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