Majadila Mosque
Acre, Israel
The small mosque of al-Majadila was built by the Mamluk Ali Aga, Sultan Sulayman's deputy, whose son, Abdullah Pasha, was appointed as heir to Sultan Sulayman. The mosque was built, in less then two years, opposite and slightly east of Ali-Aga's own house. The majority of the inhabitants who lived in proximity to the mosque originated from the village of Majdal, hence the mosque's name, al-Majadila Mosque ("The mosque of the people of majdal").

The irregular mosque complex contains the prayer hall and two connected additional rooms, all flanking a trapezoid courtyard as well as a minaret facing the street. The courtyard is separated from the street by a high wall, and can be approached by a flight of 6 steps climbing up from the street behind the gate. The prayer hall, domed and square in plan, is preceded by a triple domed arcade and overlooks the courtyard through two windows positioned in its western wall.


Dichter, Bernhard. 2000. Akko-Sites from the Turkish Period. Haifa: University of Haifa, 120-121

Petersen, Andrew. 2001. A Gazetteer of Buildings in Muslim Palestine: Part 1.Oxford: Oxford University Press, 82

Schur, Nathan. 1990. A History of Acre. Tel Aviv: Dvir Publishing House, 236-252
Northwest corner of Old Acre, Acre, Israel
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