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The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla is the largest original and complete crusader church in Israel. Masjid al Omari means that a previous building was transformed into this mosque. The cathedral of John the Baptist was here built in the 12th century. After the conquest of Ramla in the Judean Lowland by the Mamluks led by Baybars (1260), the cathedral was turned into a mosque with a minbar and mihrab (to the South). However the architecture is crusader. It has and apse (to the East ), three halls, a nave and two aisles. This is a classic Basilica.  Why did Baybars convert it into a mosque instead of destroying it?

Baybars Inscription

According to an inscription of Baybars it serves as a mosque from 1268. This inscription probably came from the White Mosque and it describes the occupation of Jaffa by the Mamluk ruler Baybars

The Great Mosque Ramla Inscription
The Great Mosque Ramla Inscription
The Great Mosque Ramla Inscription
The Great Mosque Ramla Inscription

 

The Minaret

An inscription dates the present minaret to 1314.

Masjid al Omari
Masjid al Omari
Masjid al Omari inscription
Masjid al Omari inscription
Masjid al Omari original lattice work
Masjid al Omari original lattice work

Note the interesting signs:

Nice spelling
Nice spelling
Begging Forbidden
Begging Forbidden

Note the classic Mamluk striped red-white-black stonework in above photo.

 

The Basilica Mosque

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

The Great Mosque of Ramla

 

The Al-Omari Mosque is an active mosque and can be visited.

Address: Shlomo Hamelech Blvd., Ramla

Phone: 08-9225081

Admission fee: Free

Opening hours of the Al-Omari Mosque:
Sunday – Thursday: 10 am –2:30 pm, 3 pm – 4 pm: By appointment only.
Saturday: large groups and by appointment only.

Download the free audio tour application (Android/iPhone) for “Ramla Tour”:

Ramla Tour App
Ramla Tour App

 

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