Wadi-us-Salaam

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Wadi Al-Salaam (Arabic وادي السلام; Valley of Peace) is an Islamic cemetery, located in Shia holy city of Najaf, Iraq. It is the largest cemetery in the world.[1] It is estimated that before the war about 200 to 250 corpses were buried a day, but in 2010 this number had gone down to under a hundred.[2] The cemetery covers 1,485.5 acres (601.16 ha; 6.01 km2; 2.32 sq mi) and contains some 5 million bodies.[3] Daily burials have been on going for over 1,400 years, the site is on the Tentative List of UNESCO's World Heritage sites.[4]

The cemetery holds the graves of many Muslims, and is located near the shrine of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, the first Shia Imam and fourth Caliph. Thus, nearly all Shi'as in Iraq request that they be buried in this cemetery.

Panorama of Wadi-us-Salaam

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Coordinates: 32°00′18″N 44°18′54″E / 32.00500°N 44.31500°E / 32.00500; 44.31500