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Mosque Name: Old Sawafa Mosque

Country: Iraq

City: Erbil

Year of construction (AD): 8th century

GPS: 36°11’0.70”N 44° 0’13.71”E

Gibson Classification: Unknown (very possibly Petra)

Rebuilt facing Mecca: 1719 CE


The main mosque on this citadel used to be known as Masjid al-Kaff but today is just known as the Grand Mosque. It has the white dome directly in the middle of the above photo. Its Mihrab Qibla has an inscription stating that it was completely renovated in 1719 - 1720 A.D. under the supervision of Abu Bakr Ben Mulla Omar.So it is impossible to determine what the original Qibla direction was.

Erbil from the air. The mosque has a white dome

Erbil from the air. The mosque has a white dome

Mosque on the right. Copyright David Stanley.

Mosque on the right. Copyright David Stanley.

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