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al-Fakhariyya Minaret

The al-Fakhariyya Minaret (مئذنة الفخرية) was the first to be built out of all four minarets of Masjid al-Aqsa, it was built in 1278 on the southwestern corner of the al-Aqsa mosque, on the orders of the Mamluk sultan Lajin, is the first of four minarets. It was named after Fakhr al-Din al-Khalili, the father of Sharif al-Din Abd al-Rahman who supervised the building's construction.

circa 1278 CE

al-Fakhariyya minaret is located on the sout-west corner of Masjid al-Aqsa. It was built under the supervision of Sharif al-Din Abd al-Rahman on the orders of Mamluk sulkat Lajin, and was named after Fakhar al-Din al-Khalili father of building supervisor. It is built in traditional Syrian style. At 23-meters high it is the shortest minaret inside Masjid al-Aqsa and stands without any foundations.

circa 1278 CE

The top of the minaret was damaged in the earthquake that hit Jerusalem in 1922 CE (1340 Hj.) and was repaired by the Islamic Supreme Council which complemented it with a dome. It was later covered with lead sheets by the Hashemite Fund for the Restoration of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock. It has a northern entrance. It can be reached by means of a stone ladder, which is located in the south-western corner at the junction of the Maghreb Mosque to the right and the Women’s Mosque to the left.


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