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Emir Assaf Mosque

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Downtown, Beirut district

Also known as Bab Al-Saraya Mosque, the mosque is easily seen from Weygand Street, which runs through the heart of downtown Beirut, across from the Municipality Building. It was built by the Emir Mansour Assaf in 1597 on the ruins of a Byzantine church on the former Serail Square.  Some of the characteristics of the Ottoman style are the square form of the mosque, its five-cupola/dome, roof and the ablaq decoration; an architectural style which involves alternating rows of light and dark stone of the entrance. Roman columns support the central dome in the mosque’s prayer hall. In the mid-1990s, the mosque’s original western façade was renovated.