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Salah Eddine Al-Ayyubi Tomb

Al-Hamidiya, Al-Kallaseh Street, Beside the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria
This is the tomb of the great leader Salah Eddine.

Salah Eddine’s son built this tomb next to the Umayyad Mosque in an Ayyubid style, and he moved his father’s body to it from the citadel of Damascus at the end of the 12th century.

Inside the tomb, there are two caskets, a modest wooden one where Salah Eddine’s body is laid in.

The other grander casket is made out of marble, and it was a gift from the Emperor William II of Germany who believed that such a great leader should be buried in a marble casket.

It is said that just after the French had invaded Syria and had entred Damascus as part of the French Mandate in the early 20th century, the French general Gouraud visited the tomb and proclaimed “Salah Eddine we’re back again” in reference to the earlier Crusades which Salah Eddine defeated centuries before.
Historical Periods: Ayyubids


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