Aqaba (Ayla )Umayyad Mosque

 Year AH

Year AD




Original Qibla

Rebuilt facing Mecca

 7th century



Aqaba Umayyad Mosque


GPS Coordinates: 29°31'52.06"N 35° 0'1.91"E

The city of Ayla was a Nabataean port on the Red Sea, connected to the city of Petra which was 98 km inland. Under Roman times there was a Roman military presence there. In Mamluk and Ottoman times it was a resting place for pilgrims. The original ground plan of the mosque may have been pre-Umayyad or early Umayyad, and contained a well-carved arched gateway with arches around a large enclosure. The town is a combination of a late Byzantine city and the new Muslims attitudes towards urbanism.

In the photo above, you can see the large fortification with the mosque in the top right corner. The Qibla wall has been badly damaged so exact measurement has been difficult.

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