Mosque Name: Surt Mosque

Country: Libya

City: Surt,

Year of construction (AH): 236

Year of construction (AD): 850

GPS: 31.207549 16.588975

Gibson Classification: Parallel

Rebuilt facing Mecca: Never


The excavations at Surt have greatly enhanced our knowledge of the life, material culture and history of North Africa, particularly during the early Fatimid period. A survey of the site was carried out by Prof. R.C. Goodchild shortly after the Second World War. Excavations were begun by the Department of Antiquities in 1965/66 which traced the city walls and its three gates. Further excavations were carried out under the direction of Geza Fehervari between 1977 and 1981.

Drawing of the Surt mosque showing directions

Drawing of the Surt mosque showing directions


Abdussaid, Abdulhamed, 1966-7. “An Early Mosque at Medina Sultan. Ancient Sort”, Libya Antiqua 3-4: 155-60 and plates.

Fehérvári, Géza, Hamdani, ʿAbbas, Shaghlouf, Masoud, and Hal Bishop, 2002. Excavations at Surt (Medinat al-Sultan) Between 1977 and 1981, Kent: Department of Antiquities Tripoli and The Society for Libyan Studies.

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