Minarets of al-Aqsa Mosque

al-Aqsa compound has four minarets in total, al-Fakhariyya minaret, al-Ghawanima minaret, Bab al-Silsila minaret, Minarah al-Asbat. These minarets were added over a span of a century, by various Sultans and Ameers, and are used for the purpose of raising Adhan five times a day. The minarets are located on southern, western and northern sides, probably because of the population of the city was on these sides, the eastern side has a Muslim cemetery and faces Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley.

Date Landscape Notes Reference
c. 1278 CE al-Fakhariyya minaret is located on the sout-west corner of Masjid il-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. Wikipedia
c. 1297 CE al-Ghawanima minaret is the second of minarets and is located on the north-western corner of the noble sanctuary in 1297-98. It is the tallest minaret of Haram al-Sharif and was built by architecht named Qazi Sharaf al-Din al Khalili on the orders of Sultan Lajin.

The minaret is almost completely made of stone except the wooden canopy over Muazzin's balcony.
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c. 1329 CE Bab al-Silsila minaret, (The Chain Gate Minaret) is located directly above the Gate of the Chain, thus named as such.

Tanzik, the Mamluk Governor of Syria ordered the construction, probably replacing an earlier Umayyad built minaret. It is built in traditional Syrian style and almost entirely of stone. The best Muazzin is assigned to this minaret since 16th century, and the first Azan is raised from this minaret.
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c. 1367 CE Minarah al-Asbat (Minaret of Israel), . Originally built by Mamluks it was rebuilt by Ottomans. It's dome was damaged in 1927 earthquake and was rebuilt thereafter. Blandin.net
Latest Update: May 03, 2015
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