Notable Tombs in Mamilla Cemetery

This page attempts to enlist all the notable and known tombs in Mamilla Cemetery, a historic Muslim cemetery located just to the west of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel/Palestine.

circa 1290 CE

The facade of the Maqam Aidughdi Kubaki, built for the governor of Safed in the Mamluk Sultanate (13th Century CE), and his tomb is the largest and most opulent in the cemetery. He was said to have originally been a Syrian slave who rose to prominence to become governor of Safed and Aleppo during the Mamluke sultanate. The structure known as al-Kebekiyeh (or Zawiya Kubakiyya), a one-room square-shaped building covered with a dome and incorporating architectural materials from the Crusader era was built during this period.

circa 1560 CE

Recently renovated Maqam-i Sheikh el-Dajani, some of the building material can be seen in the lower left corner as well. Sheikh Ahmad el-Dajani (1459–1561 CE) was the head of the Sufis in Jerusalem and a recognized religious leader. Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent appointed him the keeper of the David's tomb on the Mount Zion. Sheikh Ahmad's occupation was to lead a diverse Haj Caravan from Fez in Morocco and Jerusalem in Palestine to Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia and back. During Sheikh Ahmad's stay in Jerusalem in the 16th century, he resided in the Dajaniya village near the Old City of Jerusalem.

circa 1200 CE

Furthermore, written sources testify that al-Wasiti, a leader from the Salah A-Din era, was buried in Mamilla though evidence of the grave has yet to be found.

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