The Travels of Ibn Jubayr

Name of text: The Travels of Ibn Jubayr
Author of text: Ibn Jubayr
Date of text: July-August, 1184
Date of person in text: 1145-1217
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: Walls, piers, domes
Description of mosaic in text: All its walls were inlaid with gold mosaic called fusayfisa; and mingled with it were all kinds of remarkable colours in the pattern of plants throwing out branches and arranged amongst the gold stones with the most wonderful of exquisite work, that it is impossible to describe, and that dazzles the eyes with its brightness and luster.  The amount spent on it, according to Ibn al-Mu’alli ‘l-Asadi in a chapter that he wrote in description of its building, was found hundred coffers, each coffer containing twenty-eight thousand dinars, giving a total of eleven million and two hundred thusand dinars

The aisles are raised on sixty-eight support […] four are piers that are covered with marble in a most beautiful fashion, being studded with coloured marble mosaics arranged in rings, and illustrated with mihrabs and rare designs.  These latter stand in the central aisle and uphold the Lead Dome together with the dome that is beside the mihrab.  
In the court there are three domes.  The largest is on the west side and is supported by eight marble columns, is tall like a tower, ornamented with many coloured mosaics, and like a flower garden in beauty.  
The blessed cathedral mosque, both inside and out, is inlaid with gilded mosaics […]

Mosaic date in text: 8 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text:
Bibliography: The Travels of Ibn Jubayr, ed. and trans. by Roland Broadhurst (London: Goodword Books, 1952, repr. 2011), p. 272 (walls), p. 274 (piers), p. 277 (dome), p. 279 (building inside and out)
Comments: Ibn Jubayr calls this mosque 'The Cathedral Mosque'

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