Mosque Name: Hayr al Sharqi Mosque
City: Desert Castle
Year of construction (AH): 110 AH
Year of construction (AD): 728 AD
GPS: 35° 4’25.52"N 39° 4’14.92"E
Original Qibla: Between
Rebuilt facing Mecca:
Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi in Syria is approximately 97 km northeast of Palmyra and 64 km to the south of Rusafa. It was originally constructed in 728-9 under Caliph Hisham to be used as a retreat for the Umayyad caliphs. After Umayyad decline in regional authority, the site was absorbed and embellished by the Abbasids under caliph Harun al-Rashid and remained functional until the 14th century. The Qasr and the external mosque both have the same Qibla, facing a Between position.