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Historical Facts

The Seljuqs

Cross Roads of Civilisations

The Seljuqs were originally a Turkish Muslim tribe in central Asia.

They conquered Syria and other parts of the Middle East between the 11th and 14th century.

The Seljuqs took over Damascus in the second half of the 11th century from the Fatimids and consolidated their control over the city through one of their great leaders Nour Eddine Zengi.

Al-Nouri Mosque

Al-Nouri Mosque

Built by the Seljuq leader Nour Eddine Zengi in the middle of the 12th century, this beautiful mosque is situated on the banks of the Orontes River next to the famous Roman waterwheels in the city of Hama.