Mosque Name: Shibam Palace

Country: Yemen

City: Shibam

Year of construction (AH): 135 AH

Year of construction (AD): 753 AD

GPS: 5°55’35.62"N 48°37’31.83"E


Original Qibla: unknown

Rebuilt facing Mecca: unknown


The Great Mosque of Shibam in Yemen. Located at the heart of the old city and surrounded by towering mud brick houses, the Great Mosque of Shibam was originally built in 753 AD. Much of the mosque as it is today is thought to have been built in the fourteenth century. The presence of red baked bricks, typical of ninth century Abbasid construction, point to reconstruction efforts during the reign of Caliph Harun al-Rashid; this is the only site in Shibam where baked bricks are found. Little remains of the original structure and so it is useless to our study other than to note that it was built during the time of confusion.

Shibam, looking from the south

Shibam, looking from the south

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