Tomb of Sultan Saladin,Damascus 11/1983

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F. Zaman on November 3, 2010

The Mausoleum of Saladin holds the resting place and grave of the medieval Ayyubid Sultan Saladin. It is located next to the northwest corner of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria. The mausoleum was built in 1196, three years after the death of Saladin. It was once part of the al-Aziziyah madrasah, but nothing remains of the school.

The mausoleum was originally built by Saladin's son, Al-Adil I. Saladin's body was interred temporarily at the Citadel of Damascus until the construction of the building was completed in 1196. The madrasah was built later by Saladin's other son, Al-Aziz Uthman. The mausoleum was rebuilt in 1898 under the patronage of the German Emperor Wilhelm II who financed the repairs after he visited Damascus and found the tomb in a state of disrepair.

The mausoleum itself is rather small and modest. The main square chamber displays ablaq walls and holds four arches capped by a cupola. Drawing on its history, the interior shows a remarkable mix of Hohenzollern, Ayyubid and Ottoman architecture.

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  • Uploaded on September 17, 2008
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    by F. Zaman
    • Camera: Canon CanoScan 4400F

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