10The Umayyad Mosque
The ancient country of Syria lies in the southwestern part of Asia, at the center of the Middle East. The country is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea and Lebanon to the West and Iraq to the East. It shares a border with Turkey to the North, Jordan to the south, and finally Israel to the Southwest. Syria has an estimated population of 17,803,825 inhabitants, whose official language is Arabic. The Umayyad Mosque is also called ‘the Great Mosque of Damascus’ situated in the old city of Damascus. It is one of the world’s oldest and largest mosques. The Umayyad Mosque has the reputation of the ‘4th holiest place in Islam’. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!