Al-Muallaq Mosque

Acre, Israel

Al-Muallaq Mosque was built in 1758 by the Arab ruler of Acre, Zahir al-Umar. It was built in a courtyard on the site of a structure commissioned by the Crusaders and which later became the gate to the Genoaese quarter of the city. Up until 1746, the structure was used as a synagogue by Acre's Jewish residents, called the Ramchal Synagogue. The Jews still owned the building when Zahir chose to transform it into a mosque, but compensated them with a different building located in Acre's Jewish quarter. Leftover features of the synagogue include the niche for the Holy Ark and inscriptions in Hebrew.

The mosque is positioned along the edge of Acre's Old City market, situated between Khan al-Umdan and Khan al-Ifranj, and is risen over the street. From the outside, the main indicators of the mosque are its low-lying dome and the round base of its former minaret. The mosque's entrance is located beneath the original minaret's base. This minaret was demolished by the municipality of Acre in 1950, citing a public safety risk. The body of the mosque is mainly constituted by a large, square-shaped prayer hall, A triple-domed portico precedes the prayer hall's entrance. Beside the prayer hall is a smaller room that is currently used as a library. A stairway beneath a covered entryway leads into the courtyard.



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Acre, Israel
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Founded: 1758
Category: Religious sites in Israel

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Aharoni Zisling (9 months ago)
Really nice both inside and out. I’m very happy we stopped, and paying the local representative for some insight was well worth it
Barak Ben Eliezer (2 years ago)
Al-Mu'alq Mosque (Arabic: المسجد المعلق, "Al-Masjid al-Ma'alq", meaning "Hanging Mosque"), also known as the Dahar al-Omar Mosque (مسجد ظاهر العمر, "Masjad Tahar al-'Amar ), Is a mosque in the southeast of the Old City of Acre.It was established during the time of the city governor in the middle of the 18th century, Daher al-Omar, and is therefore also named after him. The mosque consists of two adjoining buildings - the older building where the Ramchal Synagogue operated until it was confiscated by the authorities in 1758, and a newer building. Due to its dilapidated condition, only its base remains, but was rebuilt in the early 2000s. The entrance to the compound is below the base of the minaret, and from there a staircase leads to the mosque courtyard which is two meters above street level. Made in turn of two rooms, the first bearing a dome and the other, smaller than it, covered by a cross vaulted ceiling.
Stregar's Home (3 years ago)
At the entrance you are given a foular to wear, I liked the color is chromatically opposite the green of the domes. In itself nothing extremely exceptional, I did not enter the function that was about to begin because I was more interested in grasping other details. Cost a little too high, more touristic than religious rituals.
Jeroen M (3 years ago)
Beautiful mosque and patio. Open for visitation. Headscarfs etc. available at the entrance.
Anhar Hijazi (3 years ago)
Nice historical mosque
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