Hims Things to Do
Built in the early 20th century to replace an older structure, this Ottoman-style mosque is dedicated to Khalid ibn al-Walid. He was the commander of the Moslem army at the time of the prophet Mohammed and afterwards as the Moslems conquered Greater Syria and Mesopotamia. The tomb of Khalid ibn al-Walid is located inside this mosque.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: This mosque, along with many of Homs' historic monuments, has suffered severe damage during the civil war between the Syrian government and the Free Syrian Army.
FURTHER UPDATE: In July 2013, the Mosque of Khalid ibn al-Walid was deliberately and repeatedly targeted by the Army during the second massive assault on the city of Homs, causing severe damage and the tragic and total destruction of the tomb of Khalid ibn al-Walid.Related to:
- Religious Travel
- Historical Travel
Located in the centre of town, the Museum of Homs is housed in the Department of Antiquities building. It contains a collection of artefacts found in Homs from pre- and post-Islamic periods. Two guidebooks in my possession did not particularly recommend visiting the museum, so I skipped it. But if one is in Homs for more than just a drive through, one might consider visiting this establishment.
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The most magnificent of all Crusader castles, and possibly of all medieval castles around the world, Krak des Chevaliers, is located about 45 minutes west of Homs. Although the castle's origins go back to the 10th century, it wasn't until the Crusaders occupied it that it was turned into this formidable defence structure. After the departure of the Crusaders, the Mamlukes continued its fortification. Homs's central location makes it a perfect departing point for a day trip to Krak des Chevaliers. Count 45m of driving each way. For more on this fairy tale castle, check out my Krak des Chevaliers page.Related to:
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces