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Situated on the right bank of the Tigris, it is known for its conical dome, decorative brickwork and calligraphy engraved in Mosul blue marble of the 13th century.On July 23, 2014, the Mausoleum of Yahya Abu al-Qasim was destroyed by Islamic State.The mosque was initially built as a madrasa known as Madrasa al-Nouri, which was commissioned by the Seljuk ruler Nour ad-Din ibn Ezzadeen in the late-12th century.It became a mausoleum after refurbishment by the Zangid ruler Badr al-Din Lu'lu'. The following mosques and shrines were destroyed by Islamic State (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) in 2014, after their takeover of the city: Prophet Yunus (also known as Jonah's Tomb); Prophet Jerjis; Mashad Yahya Abul Kassem; Prophet Seth; Prophet Daniel; Hamu-al-Qadu. It was previously called Saddam Mosque in the name of the Iraqi president Saddam Hussein.It is situated in the Taqafah district bordering the Tigris river near the Nineveh archeological site.The structure survived the 13th Century Mongol Invasion.However in 25 July 2014, the shrine was damaged with explosives planted by ISIL.
Although all moveable items had been removed there were still Assyrian reliefs, structures and carvings along the walls.Its construction started during the Saddam Hussein regime, but works were interrupted because of the political instability in the country and it remains incomplete to this day.