Early Churches

Early Christian architecture in Syria

St. George at Ezra St George at Ezra, Syria

“Byzantine Architecture reconfigured in early Islamic Syria” “When it came to copying, there can be no better example than the Dome of the Rock and its adjacent Al Axa mosque. The style and positioning of both buildings bear a very close resemblance to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and its nearby basilica. Even the diameters of the domes vary by only one centimetre! The decoration copied small details from Hagia Sophia on a huge scale.”

 Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Israel. It is said to contain the place where Jesus was buried (the sepulchre). The Church or Basilica has been an important pilgrimage destination since the 4th century.

 Hagia Sophia Istanbul.


 Hagia Sophia is a great architectural beauty and an important monument for both Byzantine and Ottoman Empires.

 Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem


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