Khaled ibn al-Walid Mosque
Good for: architecture, islamic architecture, Hisotry
- N of Town Centre
Lonely Planet review for Khaled ibn al-Walid Mosque
Built as recently as the first decade of the 20th century, Homs' best-known monument, Khaled ibn al-Walid Mosque , is an attractive example of a Turkish-style mosque. The black-and-white Mamluk-style stone banding in the courtyard is particularly striking. Inside the prayer hall, over in one corner, is the domed mausoleum of Khaled ibn al-Walid, the military strategist and hero who conquered Syria for Islam in AD 636.
You can enter the mosque if dressed modestly. Women have to borrow a 'yishmak' (as they call the abeyya, or woman's cloak, here), cover their hair and also must enter through the small side door on the right to see the marble tomb. Do not enter during prayer.
The mosque is in a small park off Sharia Hama, 500m north of Sharia Shoukri al-Quwatli.