Most ancient mosque in world unearthed in Tiberia
Published: 01:46 PM, 25 January 2021 Updated: 02:55 PM, 25 January 2021
Mosque in Tiberia: The most ancient mosque in the world
Mosque, the most sacred house for Muslim pilgrims. There is no accurate information about the exact number of mosques around the world. Even no one knows the exact details of the world’s first mosque. But now archaeologists are claiming that they found a mosque in Israel which is the oldest mosque in the world.
The mosque was discovered by Israeli archaeologists in the town of Tiberia on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in the country.
An academic conference was recently held under the auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Ben Zvi Institute to mark the 2,000th anniversary of the founding of the city of Tiberia.
The mosque contains parts similar to the buildings of the Byzantine-era. The mosque is believed to have been built in 635 by a Sahabi (Companion) of Prophet Muhammad who conquered Syria in the seventh century.
The discovery of the mosque was announced by Israeli archaeologists at an academic conference. They found the mosque on the outskirts of the northern Israeli city of Tiberia.
The research was conducted for 11 long years under the leadership of Dr. Cytryn-Silverman, an official at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “The city of Tiberia, now part of Israel, was an important economic and commercial center during the Islamic conquest. The mosque was built in this important area,” Silverman said.
Historians already knew the location of an ancient mosque. However, archaeologists were not fully aware of the site as it was lying in the underground. The oldest known remains of a mosque were uncovered east of Baghdad in the ancient city of Wasit, and have been dated to A.D. 703.