Damascus – Manjak Mosque
دمشق – جامع منجك

Having been heavily modernized in recent decades, Manjak Mosque (جامع منجك) is barely recognizable as a historic building from the exterior. However, the mosque actually dates back to the Mamluk period. It was constructed in the early 15th century under Nasr al-Din Mohammed (ناصر الدين محمد), the son of Ibrahim (إبراهيم) and the grandson of the Mamluk governor Seif al-Din Manjak (سيف الدين منجك). The large congregational mosque was built on the grounds of an earlier prayer hall, and Nasr al-Din Mohammed (ناصر الدين محمد) is buried in a nearby tomb. Aside from the late 20th century reconstructions, it was also restored several times during the Ottoman period.

Located in the historic southern neighborhood of al-Midan (الميدان), the main item of interest is the original minaret, now enclosed within a modern courtyard. This minaret was built in a square plan with a wooden balcony and features minimal decoration. One of the largest mosques in the neighborhood, Manjak Mosque (جامع منجك) is generally open to visitors. Aside from regular prayers, it also hosts religious study sessions. It is deserving of a quick look if exploring the other sites in the neighborhood.

 

Getting There: The neighborhood of al-Midan (الميدان) stretches along a single main street beginning at Murad Basha Mosque (جامع مراد باشا) and heading south-southwest. Several historic sites, including Manjak Mosque (جامع منجك), can be found in this area. After reaching the prominent Bab Masala Square (ساحة باب مصلى), continue south-southwest on al-Midan (الميدان) approximately five hundred meters. Manjak Mosque (جامع منجك) will be on the right hand side of the road.

Coordinates: 33°29’38.00″N / 36°17’53.00″E

Transliteration Variants: None

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