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Khamis Mosque

Al Khamis Mosque
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Khamis Mosque Minaret.jpg
Coordinates view on map
Location Khamis, Manama, Bahrain
Type Mosque
Material Stone and wood
Length Building: 22.79m. Entire site: 113m
Width Building:20m. Entire site: 48m
Beginning date Founded in the 7th century, building constructed in the 11th century

The Khamis Mosque (Arabic: ? ?; transliterated: Masgid al-?amis) is believed to be the first mosque in Bahrain, built during the era of the Umayyad caliph Umar II. According to Al Wasat journalist Kassim Hussain, other sources mention that it was built in a later era during the rule of Uyunids with one minaret. The second was built two centuries later during the rule of Usfurids. The identical twin minarets of this ancient Islamic monument make it easily noticeable as one drives along the Shaikh Salman Road in Khamis.

It is considered to be one of the oldest mosques in the region, as its foundation is believed to have been laid as early as 692 AD. An inscription found on the site, however, suggests a foundation date of sometime during the 11th century. It has since been rebuilt twice in both the 14th and 15th centuries, when the minarets were constructed. The Khamis mosque has been partially restored recently.

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