|Mosque of the Companions|
Masjid aṣ-Ṣaḥābah (Arabic: مَسْجِد ٱلصَّحَابَة)
|Region||Horn of Africa, North-East Africa|
|Completed||620's or 630's|
The Mosque of the Companions (Arabic: مَسْجِد ٱلصَّحَابَة, romanized: Masjid aṣ-Ṣaḥābah) is a mosque in the city of Massawa, Eritrea. Dating to the early 7th century CE, it is believed to be the first mosque on the African continent. It was reportedly built by companions of the Islamic Nabī (Prophet) Muhammad who came here to flee persecution by people in the Hejazi city of Mecca, present-day Saudi Arabia. The current structure is of much later construction as some features like mehrab (late seventh century) and minaret (until 9th century) did not develop until very late in Islamic architecture.
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