Seventh-century mosque discovered in the desert of Israel

Seventh-century mosque discovered in the desert of Israel

Israeli archaeologists have discovered a rare ancient mosque in the south of the country, which Officials say the discovery shows the region's transition from Christianity to Islam.

According to the AFP news agency, the Israeli Archaeological Department (IAA) said in a statement that the remains of the mosque were discovered during the construction of a new area in the Bedouin city of Rahat.

It is believed that these relics are more than 1200 years old.

A said that in the mosque found in the Negev Desert, 'a square room with a wall facing Mecca, with a semicircular mihrab on the south side.'

The institution said that these unique architectural features indicate that the building was used as a mosque, housed a few dozen worshipers at a time.

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IA He said that a 'luxurious building' was also discovered a short distance from the mosque in which the items on the table and the remnants of glass artifacts were pointing towards the wealth of the residents.

Dr. Elena Kogan Zhawi, co-director of the organization, told the Times of Israel:

According to the Times of Israel, it is located about two kilometers from another seventh-century rural mosque that was discovered in 2019.

Both places of worship are known as mosques because of their architectural style: a square room and a wall facing the holy city of Mecca (Qibla) of Islam.

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The IAA said that the mosques, properties and other houses discovered This is what happened with the arrival of a new religion, the religion of Islam, and a new rule and culture in the region in the northern Negev. '

' The former Byzantine government and Christianity inherited the land, which occupied the land for hundreds of years. '

The IAA said that the mosques found in Rahat will be preserved in their present places, whether they are as historical monuments or as places of prayer. On.