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Historical Facts

The Mamluks

Cross Roads of Civilisations

The Mamluks were originally slave fighters used by the Abbasids since the 9th century as the main fighting force within their armies.

These slave fighters gained power over time and established their own empire that ruled Syria from 1260 to 1516.

The most famous Mamluk leader was Baibars, who is best known for defeating and ending the Crusaders’ presence in the Orient.

Palmyra Citadel

Palmyra Citadel

The citadel overlooking the majestic remains of ancient Palmyra in the Syrian desert was built by the Mamluks in the 13th century.