The Al-Askari Mosque of Samarra in Iraq

The Al-Askari Mosque in the city of Samarra, some 125 kilometres north of Baghdad, is one of the holiest sites for Muslims in the world.

 The Al-Askari Mosque of Samarra in Iraq
The Al-Askari Mosque in the city of Samarra, some 125 kilometres north of Baghdad, is one of the holiest sites for Muslims in the world.

An attack on the mosque in February 2006 brought the imposing golden dome - for which the site is also often referred to as the Golden Mosque - crashing to the ground, killing one person and injuring two others.

The 68-metre-tall golden dome was completed in 1905 at the site of the mosque dating back to the 10th Century.

The mosque contains the remains of two 9th-Century imams, Ali al- Hadi and his son Hassan al-Askari, the 10th and 11th imams after the Prophet Mohamed (PBUH).

The al-Hadi and al-Askari shrine stands next to a shrine that marks the place from which the 12th, or "hidden" Imam, Mohamed al- Mahdi, is said to have disappeared.

The mosque complex is also said to contain the remains of two female members of the Prophet Mohamed's family (PBUH).
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