Shrine of Yahya (Maqam-i Ra's-i Nabi Yahya)

According to Christian tradition, (legend had it that) Saint John's head was buried there. Ibn al-Faqih relays the story that during the construction of the mosque, workers found a cave-chapel which had a box containing the head of St. John the Baptist, or Yaḥyā ibn Zakarīyā in Islam. Upon learning of that and examining it, al-Walid I ordered the head buried under a specific pillar in the mosque that was later inlaid with marble.

Date Landscape Notes Reference
c. 780 CE N/a
Latest Update: April 09, 2015
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