The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque of Damascus (Arabic: جامع بني أمية الكبير, transl. Ğām' Banī 'Umayya al-Kabīr), located in the old city of Damascus, is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. It is considered the fourth holiest place in Islam.
After the Arab conquest of Damascus, the mosque was built on the Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist since the time of the Roman emperor Constantine I. The mosque holds a shrine which still today contains the head of John the Baptist (Yahya), honored as a prophet by both Christians and Muslims alike. There are also many important landmarks within the mosque for the Shī‘ah, among them is the place where the head of Husayn (the grandson of Muhammad) was kept on display by Yazīd I. There is also the tomb of Saladin, which stands in a small garden adjoining the north wall of the mosque.
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BluSimo (9392) 2010-12-28 5:14
bellissimo scatto per una arcitettura magnifica ed interessante. La PP aggiunge un forte valore di irreale fascino alla foto, facendola uscire dagli schemi, perlomeno da quelli di questo sito. splendido lavoro, complimenti.
un augurio di buone 2011
Sergiom (81765) 2010-12-28 5:54
Le cadrage vertical et l'utilisation du Noir et Blanc donnent une dimension tragique à cette belle composition. Le ciel noir est captivant.
brech (189) 2010-12-28 13:17
This looks almost like an infared image with the stark black sky and high contrast buildings/columns.
hispic (9652) 2010-12-28 19:33
Splendid image with a strong visual punch, it's rendered as if it used a infrared film. Amazing work!
Best wishes, Hisashi
danos (99221) 2010-12-29 0:37
Fine presentation of the Umayyad Mosque,with the B/W format to be well seen.I like the excellent the columns as the Minaret that dominates the image.Informative your note.
I wish, you and your family a wonderful, peaceful and prosperous New Year,Danos
macondo (19624) 2010-12-30 0:58
You have photographed this almost ghostly scene very well, and the b/w conversion was a good idea.I think the contrast level is just right. The details on the stone work are very sharp and clear. Thanks for the interesting note about this mosque.
Regards and best wishes for the new year and 2011.
- Copyright: Giuseppe Maria Galasso (gmg) (4202)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2010-09-09
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K100D, Sigma 18-50m F/3.5-5.6 DC, Secure Digital Card, Polarizer
- Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Syria and Turkey
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-28 5:01