Welayat Mosque

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Welayat Mosque or Kateb al-Welaya Mosque (Arabic: جامع الولايات‎) is a small historic mosque located along Omar Mukhtar Street in Gaza City in the Zaytoun Quarter of the old city. The mosque was built by the Mamluks in 1432,[1] however, the structure could date as far back as 1344. Additions to the wstern part of the mosque were commissioned in 1584 by Ahmed Bey, the Ottoman clerk of Wilayat Dimashq, hence the name Kateb al Welaya ("the clerk of the state").[2][3]

The minaret of the mosque is adjacent to the bell tower of the St. Porphyrius Church. Palestinian historian Aref al-Aref says local legend attributes this Umar ibn al-Khattab who ordered Arab general Amr ibn al-'As to build a mosque next to every church in lands conquered by the Muslims.[4]


  1. ^ Jacobs, Daniel. (1998). Israel and the Palestinian Territories Rough Guides, p.455.
  2. ^ Travel in Gaza MidEastTraveling.
  3. ^ Kateb Al-Welayah Mosque WebGaza.
  4. ^ Sharon, 2009, p.34.


Coordinates: 31°30′14.00″N 34°27′44.5″E / 31.5038889°N 34.462361°E / 31.5038889; 34.462361