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Salah Eddine's Mausoleum

Al-Hamidiya, Al-Kallaseh Street, Beside the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus, Syria
In a typical Ayyubid architectural style and right next to the Umayyad Mosque, Salah Eddine’s son built this mausoleum for his father at the end of the 12th century.

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

The other grander casket, made out of marble, was a gift from Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany who believed that such a great leader should be laid to rest in the grandest of caskets.

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


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