Essential Architecture-  Iraq

Imam Yahya Abul Qasim in Mosul. Umayyad Mosque

architect

Utba bin Farqad Al-Salami

location

Mosul

date

640 AD

style

Islamic

construction

remarkably elaborate brickwork 52m high

type

Mosque
 
  Umayyad Mosque: The first ever in the city, built in 640 AD by Utba bin Farqad Al-Salami after he conquered Mosul in the reign of Caliph Umar ibn Al-Khattab. The only original part still extant is the remarkably elaborate brickwork 52m high minaret that leans like the Tower of Pisa, called Al-Hadba (The Humped).
 
  Imam Yahya Abul Qasim in Mosul. © Iraqi State Antiquities Authority
 
  View of Mosul. © Iraqi Ministry of Information 1977
 
  The minaret of the Mosul mosque. © Iraqi Ministry of Information 1977
 

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