Jami’ al-Atiq (Derna)
Darnah, Libya

Situated in the Al-Bilad district on the left bank of Wadi Derna, the mosque was built by Al Hajj Mohamed Bin Al Haj Mahmoud Bey Al Qarmanli, the son of Mahmud Bey al-Qarmanli, who was born in Derna. Construction was completed in 1689/1101 AH.

The mosque was completely destroyed in the catastrophic flooding of 10-11 September 2023.


El-Emary, Amal Ahmed, Ali Ahmed El-Tayesh, and Fawzia Tarban Gabrni Gaber. “Al-Ateeq Mosque in Al-Bilad District in Darnah (1081 AH / 1670 AD).” Journal of Architecture, Arts and Humanistic Science 5, no. 19 (February 2020): 104–30. https://doi.org/10.21608/MJAF.2019.15025.1238. 

Geranpayeh, Sarvy. “Deadly Libya Floods Unearth Archaeological Remains but Leave Key Heritage Sites in Peril.” The Art Newspaper, September 25, 2023. https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2023/09/22/deadly-libya-floods-unearth-archaeological-remains-but-leave-key-sites-in-peril. Archived at: https://perma.cc/EQU2-V242.

Hanson, K., Bender, T. J. P., Raynolds, W., Welsh, W., Bassett, H., Daniels, B. I., Gunter-Bassett, M., Fitzgerald, K., Maher, A., Cil, D., Aronson, J., and Wegener, C. (2023). “Rapid Report: Flood Damage to the Old City of Derna, Libya.” Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative; University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Penn Cultural Heritage Center; and Virginia Museum of Natural History, Cultural Heritage Monitoring Lab. DOI: 10.25573/data.24216483. Archived at: https://perma.cc/85HY-DZGW.

Darnah, Libya
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30 m x 32 m
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Al-Ateeq Mosque (Derna)
المسجد العتيق (درنة)
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