Name of text: Geography
Author of text: Idrisi
Date of text: 1154
Date of person in text:
Name of structure in text: Umayyad Mosque/Great Mosque of Damascus
Type of structure in text: Mosque
Date of structure in text 8th century
Century of structure 1: 8 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Syria
Region in text:
City in text: Damascus
Specific place of mosaic in text:
Description of mosaic in text:

In Damascus there is the Mosque, the like of which building exists in no other place of the earth, nor is any more beautiful in proportion, nor any more solidly constructed, nor any more securely vaulted, nor any more wonderfully planned, nor any more admirably decorated with all varieties of gold mosaic work, and enamelled tiles, and polished marble. 

Mosaic date in text: 8 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text:
Bibliography: Le Strange, Guy, trans., Palestine under the Moslems (London: Alexander P. Watt, 1890), A Description of Syria and the Holy Land from AD 650 to 1500, translated from the works of the Mediaeval Arab Geographers, pp. 238-9
Arabic text published in J. Gildemeister, Transactions of the German Palaestina-Verein (1885), vol. 8.

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