Mausoleum of Saladin
|Mausoleum of Saladin|
ضريح صلاح الدين الأيوبي
The entrance to the mausoleum
|Architectural style||Ayyubid, Ottoman|
The Mausoleum of Saladin holds the resting place and grave of the medieval Muslim Ayyubid Sultan Saladin. It is adjacent to the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria. It was built in 1196, three years after the death of Saladin. Originally the tomb complex included the burial of Salah al-Din and Madrassah al-Aziziah of which little remains except a few columns and an internal arch adjacent to the renovated tomb of Saladin.
The mausoleum presently houses two sarcophagi: one made of wood, said to contain Saladin's remains, and one made of marble, donated by Kaiser Wilhelm II. Along with a marble sarcophagus, Wilhelm II, a golden ornate gilt bronze wreath was also donated, which was later removed by either Faisal I or Lawrence of Arabia who later deposited it in the Imperial War Museum.
Mausoleum walls with tiles added in Ottoman era.
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