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Great Mosque of Sana'a, Sanaa

#6 of 8 in Historic Sites in Yemen
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Great Mosque of Sana'a (Arabic: الجامع الكبير بصنعاء‎, Al-Jāmiʿ al-Kabīr bi-Ṣanʿāʾ) is an ancient mosque in Sana'a, Yemen, and one of the oldest mosques in the world. The mosque is said to have been founded in the early Islamic period, suggested to be in 633. While the precise date of construction is unknown, the earliest recorded renovations occurred under Caliph al-Alid I in the early 8th century, implying a possible earlier date of construction. The mosque was reportedly built in part from spolia from the Himyarite-era Ghumdan Palace and from the Axumite Christian Church of al-Qalis that formerly occupied the site. The Great Mosque is the largest and most notable of over one hundred mosques in the Old City of Sana’a.

The building has undergone renovations in the 8th century, the 13th century, and in the Ottoman period. An important archaeological find was the Sana'a manuscript, discovered there during restoration in 1972. Today, the Great Mosque of Sana’a is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Old City of Sana'a.
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  • One of the most beautiful mosques I have been to, it contrasts with the rest of Sana'a architecture. Massive minarets, beautifully crafted. The interior is as stunning, high end caroets, columns and.....  more »
  • Old mosque built 200 years ago. They try now to fix some parts of mosque. In center on old Sana'a. The people there is kind and respectful.  more »
  • Its a gorgeous place that remind you of the yemen great history and religion
  • I really love this place so if U trying to visit sana'a i recommended U to visit it

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