Shrine of St John the Baptist inside the Umayyad Mosque

Shrine of St John the Baptist inside the Umayyad Mosque

The shrine of St John the Baptist, inside the Grand Mosque of Damascus– also known as the Umayyad Mosque – is revered by Christians and Muslims. In 2001 pope John Paul II paid a visit to the mosque and to the relics of John the Baptist contained therein according to the tradition.