Shrine of John the Baptist
Minaret of Jesus
There are three minarets in the Umayyad Mosque dating from the original construction, each of which was renovated and restored by the...
Welcome to the most beautiful mosque in Syria and one of the holiest in the world for Muslims. Converted from a Byzantine cathedral...
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...
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...
Shrine of John the Baptist information
Looking somewhat out of place in the sanctuary of the Umayyad Mosque Prayer Hall, is the green-domed, marble-clad Shrine of John the Baptist (Prophet Yehia to Muslims). The story goes that during the building of the mosque, back in the early 8th century, a casket was discovered buried under the old basilica floor. It contained the biblical character's head, still with skin and hair intact, and that's what's in the shrine. However, this is one of several claimed final resting places for the relic, and unless the saint was endowed with multiple heads, the authenticity of claims has to be seriously doubted.