Minaret of Isa (Umayyad Mosque)

According to Islamic tradition the madhana e Isa (minaret of Jesus) marks the spot Prophet Isa will come down (physically) before the Qiyamah (Judgement Day). Destroyed at the hands of as-Salih Ayyub while besieging as-Salih Ismail in 1245. The minaret was later rebuilt with little decoration. Saladin, along with many of his successors, were buried around the Umayyad Mosque.

circa 1217 CE

Minaret of Jesus (right), Umayyad Mosque in Damascus

Quba an-Nisr (left) and the minaret of Isa to the right, reaching 253 feet (77 meters) in height, it is the tallest of the mosque’s three minarets. The square-shaped main body of the minaret is crowned by an octagonal spire, tapering to a point and surmounted by a crescent.

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