Jami' Gaza al-Kabir
Gaza, Palestine
The mosque sits on a site once occupied by a Byzantine church that may have been built over the remains of an earlier temple.  The church was converted to a mosque after the Muslim conquest.  The minaret was destroyed in an earthquake early in the 11th century.  In the 12th century Crusaders built a church that was destroyed by the Ayyubids.  In the 13th century a new mosque was built by the Mamluks,  but destroyed in Mongol invasions.  Though the mosque was soon rebuilt, it was destroyed again by an earthquake toward the end of the 13th century.  The Ottomans rebuilt the mosque in the 16th century.  It was severely damaged in bombings during WWI,  but restored in 1925. 

In 2014, the mosque was severely damaged during aerial bombings of Gaza.

SOURCES:
Abed, Mohammed. "In Photos: Israeli Bombs Destroy Historic Al-Omari Mosque in Jabaliya." Maan News Agency. August 2, 2014. Accessed December 18, 2015. http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=717666.

Meinecke, Michael. 1992. Die Mamlukische Architektur in Ägypten und Syrien (648/1250 bis 923/1517). Glückstadt: Verlag J. J. Augustin, I/71, II/85.


Location
Gaza, Palestine
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Events
12th c., 1298/697 AH
Style Periods
1250-1517
1299-1922
Dimensions
41,000 m2
Variant Names
Jami' Gaza al-Kabir
Great Mosque of Gaza
Variant
al-Jami' al-'Umari al-Kabir
Variant
Great Mosque of al-Omari
Variant
al-Omari Mosque
Variant
Building Usages
church
religious
mosque
religious