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Welcome to Umayyad Mosque

Umayyad Mosque

The Umayyad Mosque, or Grand Mosque of Damascus is one of the largest, oldest and most impressive mosques in the world. It was constructed in 705 AD on a site that has been a place of worship for thousands of years, from temple to Christian church to mosque, and took 10 years to complete. The mosque has three minarets, an enormous courtyard and a large prayer hall, consisting of three isles, which has wall to wall thick carpets and mosaic panels on the interior walls. Inside the hall is a domed shrine housing the tomb of St John the Baptist, revered by Christians and Muslims alike.

Information & Facts

The mosque stands at the end of Souq al-Hamidiyeh in the old city
Arabic is the official, and most widely spoken, language. English is widely understood by many educated Syrians in the major cities.

The official currency is the Syrian pound (SYP), which is divided into 100 piastres. There are a few ATMs in the bigger towns, but not all cards are accepted. Credit cards are not widely used, but American Express and Diners Club are the most readily accepted. Travellers cheques are not accepted in most banks, and those that do require lengthy and complicated processes.

Opening Times
Daily from dawn to dusk
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from April to October).
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