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Mosque of Omar and Omar Square in front of the Church of the Nativity of Jesus.

The oldest and only mosque in the old town rises at Bethlehem's Manger Square, near the Church of the Nativity. It was named after Umar (Omar) ibn al-Khattab, the Caliph, who once conquered Jerusalem and had traveled 637 to Bethlehem, there to confirm the Christians their rights. Also is said that he had prayed to Allah at the point at which rises the present mosque. The Islamic house was built in 1860 and renovated in 1955, when the Jordanians occupied the control of Bethlehem.

The picture was taken just some minutes before a heavy thunderstorm.

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