Al-Khanqah al-Salahiyya Mosque

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Al-Khanqah al-Salahiyya Mosque
Al-Khanka Mosque in the old Jerusalem.jpg
Ottoman period
Basic information
Location Christian Quarter, Old City, Jerusalem
Affiliation Islam
District Jerusalem
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Architectural style Ayyubid, Ottoman
Minaret(s) 1

The al-Khanqah al-Salahiyya Mosque (Arabic: مسجد الخانقاه الصلاحية‎) is located in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, north of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

History[edit]

The mosque is situated on the former palace of the Latin Patriarch. Following the Crusader surrender of Jerusalem to Salah ad-Din (Saladin) in 1187 (i.e. “al-Salahiyya”), it became a mosque. Its minaret was built in 1417.[1]

The two mosques flanking the Holy Sepulchre[edit]

The Mosque of Omar, located on the other side of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, has an almost identical minaret.[2] The two minarets were obviously designed as a pair; a line connecting the two minarets would intersect the door of the Tomb of Jesus inside the church, and the minarets are equidistant to that door[2] with their tops at the exact same elevation despite starting at different ground levels.[3] Murphy-O'Connor suggests that the Mamluk rulers may have had the intention "to 'nullify' the Holy Sepulchre", since in Islam the belief is of Allah physically raising Jesus into heaven, while it does not support the notion of his crucifixion and death.[3]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Winter, Dave & Matthews, John. Israel Handbook, p. 147. Footprint Travel Guides, 1999. ISBN 1-900949-48-2
  2. ^ a b El Khanqah-Moschee in Jerusalem (German text and pictures at theologische-links.de)
  3. ^ a b Jerome Murphy-O’Connor (2008). The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700. Oxford Archaeological Guides. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 62. ISBN 978-0-19-923666-4. Retrieved 20 June 2016.

Coordinates: 31°46′43.68″N 35°13′45.53″E / 31.7788000°N 35.2293139°E / 31.7788000; 35.2293139