Al-Qaiqan Mosque

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Al-Qaiqan Mosque
جامع القيقان
Al-Qaiqan Mosque is located in Ancient City of Aleppo
Al-Qaiqan Mosque
Location within Ancient City of Aleppo
Basic information
Location Syria Al-Aqabah district, Aleppo, Syria
Geographic coordinates 36°12′04″N 37°09′09″E / 36.201020°N 37.152500°E / 36.201020; 37.152500Coordinates: 36°12′04″N 37°09′09″E / 36.201020°N 37.152500°E / 36.201020; 37.152500
Affiliation Islam
Region Levant
Country Syria
Status Active
Architectural description
Architectural type Mosque
Completed 12th century
Materials Stone

Al-Qaiqan Mosque (Arabic: جامع القيقان‎‎) (English: Mosque of the Crows) is one of the oldest surviving mosques in Aleppo, Syria. It is located in the western part of the Ancient City of Aleppo, within the historic walls of the city, to the north of the Gate of Antioch.

History[edit]

During the ancient times, the building had served as a Hittite pagan temple. It was turned into a mosque during the 12th century. Old carved stones with Hittite inscription were used in the construction of the mosque. Two old basalt columns could be seen at the main entrance of the building. On the southern wall of the mosque, a stone block with an Anatolian hieroglyphs inscription could be found.[1]

The mosque was enlarged in 1965 and entirely renovated in 1996.

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