Mausoleum of Saladin: Marble sarcophagus of Saladin



The Mausoleum of Saladin holds the grave of the medieval Ayyubid sultan, Saladin (Ṣalāḥ ad-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb, ca. 1138-March 4, 1193). The mausoleum was built in 1196, three years after the death of Saladin by his son, Al-Adil I. It was once part of the al-Aziziyah madrasa, but nothing remains of the school. Seven centuries later (1898), Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany donated a new marble sarcophagus to the mausoleum. Saladin was, however, not placed in it. Instead the mausoleum, which is open to visitors, now has two sarcophagi: the empty one made of marble and the original wooden one, which holds Saladin.


Attribute NameValues
  • G. Massiot & cie

  • Architecture

  • Tombs

Date Created
  • 1910-01-01

Date Digitized
  • 2007-01-01

Cultural Context
  • Ayyubid

Place of Creation
  • +33.512111+36.305933

  • Damascus, Dimashq, Syria

  • Damascus

Departments and Units
Member of
Temporal Coverage
  • before or circa 1910

Record Visibility Public
Content License


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