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Great Mosque of Damascus (Umayyad Mosque): Schoolboys at the bronze doors of the Great Umayyed Mosque of Damascus, Syria

Schoolboys at the bronze doors of the Great Umayyed Mosque of Damascus, Syria

The Great Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus (Ğām' Banī 'Umayya al-Kabīr) or formerly the Basilica of Saint John the Baptist (Greek: Βασιλική του Αγίου Ιωάννη του Βαπτιστή, transliteration Vasilikí tou Agíou Ioánni tou Vaptistí), located in the old city of Damascus, is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. It is considered the fourth-holiest place in Islam.

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