Umayyad Mosque in Jerash (Gerasa)

 Year AH

Year AD




Original Qibla

Rebuilt facing Mecca

 7th century



Jerash Umayyad Mosque



GPS Coordinates: 32°16'44.96"N 35°53'28.71"E

Excavations have revealed that this mosque was constructed by making use of building materials from the earlier Roman remains and architectural features of a Roman villa which once stood in its place. Not much remains of this mosque. There is some ground level pavement, bits of the first course of the columned inner courtyard, a niche still standing in situ around 1.5 m high, and some column drums which survived the earthquake in 749 AD. (Zayadine, 2000) This mosque faces Petra within 5.02° error. It is not aligned to the surrounding Roman road system, but has its own particular Qibla.

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