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Historical Facts

The Seljuqs

Cross Roads of Civilisations

The Seljuqs originated from a Turkish Muslim tribe that had settled in central Asia.

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

The Seljuqs defeated the Fatimids and took over Damascus in the second half of the 11th century. They 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 bank of the Orontes river next to the famous Roman waterwheels in the city of Hama.