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Saladin's Tomb

Listed under Ancient Tombs in Damascus, Syria.

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Saladin was leader of the Muslim forces who recaptured Jerusalem from the Crusaders. He is buried in a mausoleum in the gardens of the Umayyad Mosque which curiously contains two sarcophagi, the original wooden one from the time of Saladin’s death and a grander marble affair given by Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany in 1898 when he funded the restoration of the chamber. Born in 1138, Saladin became commander of the Syrian Army in 1169 and overseer of Egypt, before becoming Sultan of Syria as well as leader of it’s military forces and reclaiming Jerusalem in 1187. After a third crusade to reclaim the city failed Saladin came to an agreement with Richard Lionheart where by Jerusalem was to remain in Muslim hands but would be open to Christian pilgrims. Saladin died in 1193 after which it was discovered his treasury was almost empty - he gave most of his money to charity - and there wasn’t enough left to pay for his funeral. His tomb wasn’t completed until three years after his death it’s inscription reads: “Oh Allah, be satisfied with this soul and open to him the gates of paradise, the last conquest for which he hoped.”

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