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City of Mosques

When you over watch Damascus from Qassiun Mount, you surly can notice the massive number of mosques there, you can watch the graceful minarets with its green lights and domes for more than 572 mosques.Here in the picture Al Qalie mosque is one of many Mumluk mosques, built in the 15's century "8century of hijrah", historians consider its minaret one of the most beautiful minaret in the Mumluk era and in Damascus. No one knows why they did call it Al Qal3i mosque. The mosque is located in Midhat Pasha old market.

9 Comments:

  • Way to go you did it...
    I told it's easy didn't I.

    By Blogger Sinan, at 28/3/05 6:09 PM  

  • I just noticed something about u syrian bloggers u Guys love ur country so much and always talk about it :)I am Glad it is the case :)

    By Blogger M!R@CHK@, at 28/3/05 7:41 PM  

  • thanks all, and a special thanks to Sinan, i wouldnt do it if u didn't tell me! thanx:)

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 28/3/05 9:18 PM  

  • One of the things I miss most about being in Syria, is hearing the call for prayer (Adaan) It's truly wonderful!

    By Blogger Omar, at 30/3/05 7:06 AM  

  • Ghalia, I was wondering if you could post your pictures at a higher resolution. I often use the pics as my desktop background, as well as I keep all those pics in a folder, so I can show my friends what al-sham looks like :)

    By Blogger Omar, at 30/3/05 7:10 AM  

  • Hi Ghalia, Al Qal3i mosque is one of many Mumluky mosques, built in the 15's century (8century of hijrah), the historians consider its minaret one of the most beautiful minaret in the Mumluki era, and in Damascus.
    None knows why they did call it Al Qal3i mosque.
    (reference: Damascene minarets : History and Style, by dr. Kutayba Al Shihaby)
    So please would you correct its date of construction, and add these infos if you dodn't mind.
    The name Mumluk means in Arabic the Slave, the Mumluk were the slaves of the Ayubid Army, and then they took over the Ayubids , the first Mumluk is al Zaher Bibars who made Damascus his capital city and fought the crusades and the Mongolians at the same time, he built al Zaheriah library in Damacscus:
    http://www.oldamascus.com/zah.htm
    And he was buried in it too, his shrine is inside the library:
    http://www.oldamascus.com/shrines.htm

    By Blogger Amr Faham, at 31/3/05 8:32 PM  

  • Thanx very much Amr, I've just picked this info form a sign hanged there near that mosque, I've just add ur comment there, so thanx again:)

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 1/4/05 1:05 AM  

  • Hi, what an amazingly nice blog!! I felt like travelling, just seeing your photos. Thanks!! s.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1/4/05 1:15 AM  

  • Hi again Ghalia,
    I was looking at this picture and felt that strange thing about it,
    in french we call it "déjà vu"
    something seems familiar but you're sure you never saw it before
    And then passing through Mireval..... Well I took a picture
    just for you,I stick it on my blog.
    Perhaps you'll have that "déjà vu"
    feeling.

    By Blogger GPV, at 5/4/05 11:49 PM  

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