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Umayyad Mosque

Old City, Damascus, Syria
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Ranked #1 of 29 Attractions in Damascus
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
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Hannover, Germany
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This mosque is a really piece of art and a great holy place plus its really old and big,propably the best (place,monument,mosque) in damaskus,a must see ;)

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Dhaka, null, Bangladesh
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30 reviews 30 reviews
26 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Syria is rich in history and architecture, UMAYYAD MOSQUE is a magnificent structure and on top of the list. Religious legacy of Islam an Christianity will be found there. You will find nearby Bazzar a attractive place too. What I would like to mention,visit Syria when the situation is favorable only.

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Amman Governorate, Jordan
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65 reviews 65 reviews
50 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

yes its not safe now but things change and when so this is a must must attraction in Damascus. the lace goes back to prophet Johns "YEHYA" days as the tale says his head is still buried there. what is confirmed is that it was built by Omayyad caliphs to celebrate the city as there capital.

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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115 reviews 115 reviews
32 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the Middle East. A have of peace and calm in the city and an inspiring place of faith and outstanding art. Not to be missed.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Just watching the people, praying, crying, laughing. Makes you reflect. I was covered up courtesy of the Mosque but was greeted with a "tut tut" when I sat, as my ankle was showing. Quite a contrast and a reality check about society, sincerity and true hardship.

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Arlington, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Great Mosque, when you think about how old is this building and hoe they built it, its a shame that it is under this government.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

In this huge mosque, everybody can feel and smell the years and years of old but still strong ages. The mosque is in a very good shape and even non-muslim can enter into it. Even women can cover their heads and enter into it. It's surrounded by cafes and restaurants and gifts shops.

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Gonder, Ethiopia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

This mosque is amazing and I stayed in it a very long time. It is spectacular. I just hope that it is not being damaged by civil war in Syria. It would be a great shame if it was damaged. I took some wonderful photographs in the mosque which showed the people as shadows. I would always love to return... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

A very important monument with outstanding mosaics. Essential to visit. I hope it will survive. We were there just as the troubles began in Damascus April 2011, and we would love to go back.

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Paphos, Cyprus
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

Excelent building, extremely large, marble everywhere outside and wall paintings coveredin gold. Inside the mosque is a tomb for the head of John the baptist . perfect retreat fromthe hustle of the city just outside the main doors

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