Mosque Name: Baalbeck Mosque
Year of construction (AH): 122 AH
Year of construction (AD): 740 AD
GPS: 0’26.03"N 36°12’25.59"E
Original Qibla: Between
Rebuilt facing Mecca: never
The Great Mosque of Ba’albek in Lebanon is an Umayyad mosque dating back to about 140 AH. (Some claim it could be as much as 60 years later) It has suffered from deterioration due to dampness, salt, and structural degradation. The last renovation was conducted with special attention to archaeological remains, as it is believed that the mosque may have been built upon several older structures dating back to antiquity. Lime mortar and traditional materials were used to preserve the building’s character. As you can see in the photo, the Ba’albek Mosque (to the right of the main Ba’albek ruins) has an orientation directly between Petra and Mecca.