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Mosques converted from churches / cathedrals / synagogues




World Heritage Sites connected to 'Mosques converted from churches / cathedrals / synagogues':

  • Caves of Maresha and Bet Guvrin There is a Crusader church in Bet Guvrin used by the Knights Hospitalers. It was later converted into a mosque
  • Cordoba Was a Visigoth church before being converted to a mosque in 784. Became a Church again in 1236.
  • Damascus In 705 the "Church of St John" was rebuilt as a mosque (immediately after the Muslim conquest in 636 it was shared between Christians and Muslims). Now known as "Umayyad Mosque".
  • Istanbul "Hagia Sophia" became "Ayasofya Mosque" from 1453 -1935 (Now a museum); "Saint John the Forerunner by-the-Dome" (12th C) became the "Hirami Ahmet Pasha Mosque" in late 16th century
  • Kasbah of Algiers "Ketchaoua Mosque" was re-created in 1962 from "Cathedral of St Philippe" which itself had been created from the Ketchaoua mosque in 1845.
  • Ohrid Region During the time of Ottoman rule St. Clement's Monastery church at Plao?nik was transformed into the Imater Mosque. The mosque did not survive the end of the Ottoman Empire.
  • Old City of Acre Synagogue
  • Paphos The Great Mosque of Paphos: According to rural accounts, the original building was a church, which was converted to a mosque in 1570 by the Ottoman Governor Mehmet Bey Ebubekir and by the order of Selim Khan, (Selim II).
  • Pergamon There's now a mosque in one of the buildings of the Byzantine Red Basilica (wikitravel)
  • Thessalonika Galerius' Masoleum which was turned into a church (St Gregorios and not Demitrius) and then into a mosque.








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