Minaret of Jesus
Shrine of John the Baptist
Looking somewhat out of place in the sanctuary of the Umayyad Mosque Prayer Hall, is the green-domed, marble-clad Shrine of John the...
Shrine of Hussein
To the eastern side of the Umayyad Mosque courtyard, but a part of the mosque building itself, is the Shrine of Hussein, son of Ali and...
Welcome to the most beautiful mosque in Syria and one of the holiest in the world for Muslims. Converted from a Byzantine cathedral...
Al-Nawfara Coffee Shop
Not only is this lovely old cafe an institution for imbibing tea and a nargileh, it’s the home of Syria’s last professional hakawati ...
Leila’s Restaurant & Terrace
In the shadow of the Umayyad Mosque, opposite the Minaret of Jesus, this stylish place occupies, just for something different, a...
Lonely Planet review
There are three minarets in the Umayyad Mosque dating from the original construction, each of which was renovated and restored by the Ayyubids, Mamluks and Ottomans. The one on the southeastern corner, the Minaret of Jesus, is the tallest, and so named because local tradition has it that this is where Christ will appear on earth on Judgment Day.