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Mausoleum of Saladin
The Mausoleum of Saladin holds the resting place and grave of the medieval Muslim Ayyubid Sultan Saladin.It is located next to the northwest corner of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria. The mausoleum was built in 1196, three years after the death of Saladin.It was once part of the al Aziziyah madrasah, but nothing remains of the school.The mausoleum itself is rather small and modest.The main square chamber displays ablaq walls and holds four arches capped by a cupola. Drawing on its history, the interior shows a remarkable mix of Hohenzollern, Ayyubid and Ottoman architecture. The room holds two sarcophagi.The original one, a wooden tomb, richly decorated with geometric and astral patterns, holds Saladins body.The second one, is a marble coffin which was a gift from Emperor Wilhelm II.The marble sarcophagus has remained empty because the wooden sarcophagus did not need replacing and was intended as a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm to show his respect to the Syrian people.The mausoleum also holds another chamber which is used for Quranic recitation, and is accessible from the eastern side, in addition to five smaller rooms along the northern side of the building.


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