Great Mosque of Maarrat al-Numan
|Great Mosque of Maarrat al-Numan
جامع معرة النعمان الكبير
|Location||Maarrat al-Numan, Syria|
|Architect(s)||Hassan Ben Mukri al-Sarman|
The Great Mosque of Maarrat al-Numan (Arabic: جامع معرة النعمان الكبير) is an Ayyubid-era mosque in the village of Maarrat al-Numan between Hama and Aleppo in Syria. This congregational mosque was built in the first half of the twelfth century.
Ma'arat al-Nu'man developed as a major caravan stop on the north-south corridor between Aleppo and Damascus and later became an Arab stronghold on the eastern side of the Orontes valley opposite the western string of Crusader castles. The mosque signified a rapidly growing site of political and geographical importance. All that remains of the mosque today is the square minaret that bears a close resemblance -in form and ornamentation- to the minaret of the Great Mosque of Aleppo. The architect Hassan Ben Mukri al-Sarman, built the mosque in Ma'arat al-Nu'man to rival the Great Mosque in Aleppo. In 1099, however, during the Crusader siege of Ma'arat al-Nu'man a massacre of 20,000 of its residents severely diminished the town's aspirations of further development.
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