Photographer's Note

The Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria was built around 1,300 years ago, between 706 and 715 AD and is one of the oldest mosques in the world.

After the Arab conquest of Damascus, the mosque was erected on the site of a Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist (Yahya). Inside the mosque is a shrine which reputedly still holds the head of John the Baptist.

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