Name of text: Diary
Author of text: Ibn Batutah
Date of text: 1326
Date of person in text: b. c. 1300
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: The mosque
On  eight marble columns supporting the largest cupola to the west, Kubbat Ayishah (the Dome of Ayishah), the Mother of the Faithful
Description of mosaic in text:

The Mosque was ornamented with mosaics in gold, and in various colours, called Fusaifasah.
In the court are three cupolas.  The cupola to the west is the largest; it is called Kubbat Ayishah (the Dome of Ayishah), the Mother of the Faithful.  It is supported by eight marble columns, which are ornamented with mosaic work in various colours. 

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. 267-8

Le Strange referred to text and French trans. in eds. C. Defreymery and B. R. Sanguinetti, Societie Asiatique (Paris: 1879), 4 vols

Comments: These descriptions show what the mosque was like just before its destruction by fire at the time of Timur’s conquest.

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