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The Umayyad Mosque of Damascus, built upon a Christian Basilica where John Baptist is buried taken over by Arab rule. 624

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from National Geographic

Ancient City of Damascus -- World Heritage Site

Merchants and craftsmen have sold their wares outside the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus for hundreds of years.

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Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria. The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus, located in the old city of Damascus, is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. It is considered by some Muslims to be the fourth-holiest place in Islam.

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from the Guardian

Syria: Aleppo's Umayyad mosque destroyed - in pictures

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from the Guardian

Syria's heritage in ruins: before-and-after pictures

Syria War: Umayyad mosque, Aleppo, pictured in 2012 (above) and 2013 (below). Photograph: Alamy, Corbis

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