Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Damascus)
|Tomb of the Unknown Soldier|
|ضريح الجندي المجهول|
|Height||20 metres (66 ft)|
|Diameter||40 metres (130 ft)|
|Floor area||126,000 square metres (1,360,000 sq ft)
(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. 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).
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.