© The Lebanese UniversityPhotograph: Flaminia Baldwin,  © Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF)Photograph: Flaminia Baldwin,  © Museum With No Frontiers (MWNF)

Name of Monument:

Mosque of Amir Mundhir al-Tanukhi


Beirut, Lebanon

Date of Monument:



The Mosque of Amir Mudhir al-Tanukhi was built in 1620 and is located in today's downtown Beirut. Although it was built during the Ottoman period, the architecture bears more resemblance to the traditional Lebanese style than an Ottoman or even earlier Mamluk style. The courtyard was covered during the restorations following the civil war, in order to shield worshippers from the heat of the sun.


The mosque's octagonal minaret decorated with muqarnas is the only aspect of the structure which resembles a Mamluk architectural style. It also has a courtyard, surrounded by a tall portico with pointed arches resting on eight grey granite columns, taken from pre-existing Roman structures.

Citation of this web page:

Jeff El-Msanne "Mosque of Amir Mundhir al-Tanukhi" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://sharinghistory.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=monuments;AWE;lb;50;en

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Jeff El-Msanne
Copyedited by: Flaminia Baldwin

MWNF Working Number: LB 057

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