Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Damascus)

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
ضريح الجندي المجهول
General information
Type Mausoleum
Location Syria Damascus, Syria
Coordinates 33°31′33″N 36°15′17″E / 33.52583°N 36.25472°E / 33.52583; 36.25472Coordinates: 33°31′33″N 36°15′17″E / 33.52583°N 36.25472°E / 33.52583; 36.25472
Completed 1985
Height 20 metres (66 ft)[citation needed]
Diameter 40 metres (130 ft)[citation needed]
Technical details
Floor area 126,000 square metres (1,360,000 sq ft)[citation needed]
(With the gardens)
Design and construction
Architect Mahmoud Hammad, Abdo Kass-Hout
Other designers Hassan Tourkami

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Arabic: ضريح الجندي المجهول‎‎) is a war memorial, dedicated to the Syrian soldiers killed during battle. It is visited every year by the President of Syria on Martyrs' Day (May 6).

The monument was designed by Prof. Dr. (Architecture) Abdo Kass-Hout and Prof., Mahmoud Hammad who won a competition organized by the Syrian Ministry of Defense. Erected in 1985, the monument features a dome, symbolizing the universe, and an arch, symbolizing victory.[1] There is a hall under the dome, featuring five large paintings depicting battles from Arab and Syrian history: Battle of Yarmouk (636), Battle of Hattin (1187), Battle of Maysaloun (1920), Battle of Mount Hermon (1973) and Battle of Sultan Yacoub (1982).[2]

Two verses from the Quran are engraved into the structure:[citation needed]

Think not of those who are slain in God's Way as dead. Nay, they live, finding their sustenance in the Presence of their Lord; They rejoice in the Bounty provided by God: and with regard to those left behind, who have not yet joined them (in their bliss), the (Martyrs) glory in the fact that on them is no fear, nor have they (cause to) grieve.

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