Posts Tagged ‘tomb’

Graffiti Town – Part V

November 12th, 2010

This is the final (and long overdue) part in the five-part series on graffiti, wall art and tagging in Brussels, Belgium, and Barcelona, Spain. You can check out parts 1 through 4 here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

Barcelona is so graffiti-mad that you can even find cool post cards of the wall art all over town.

Seen from Park Guell looking out over Barcelona.

I’d love to know how they got all the way up the wall…

Voom-voom!

On a different note, some very different and amazing stuff lined up:

More coming soon!

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Saladin

August 1st, 2010

Damascus houses a number of treasures. One of the most remarkable being the tomb of the great Kurdish/Arab/Muslim leader Salah ad-Din Al Ayyubi (AD 1138-1193), better known in the Western world as Saladin.

Below is a shot of the small building which houses the tomb, just outside the Umayyad Mosque.

Saladin is renowned in both the Western and Arab worlds for his military prowess, chivalry and generosity. So much has been written on and about Saladin that I’ll leave that for more qualified people. I’ll just limit myself to quoting something from Wikipedia which I enjoyed very much: “Saladin’s relationship with Richard [the Ist of England, better known as “The Lion Heart”] was one of chivalrous mutual respect as well as military rivalry. When Richard became ill with fever, Saladin offered the services of his personal physician. Saladin also sent him fresh fruit with snow, to chill the drink, as treatment. At Arsuf, when Richard lost his horse, Saladin sent him two replacements. Richard suggested to Saladin that Palestine, Christian and Muslim, could be united through the marriage of his sister Joan of England, Queen of Sicily to Saladin’s brother, and that Jerusalem could be their wedding gift.”

The tomb on the right, covered in the green silk embroidered with Koranic verses in gold lettering, is the actual tomb of Saladin. The white marble one in the centre was a gift from the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, Wilhem II (27 January 1859 – 4 June 1941), and remains empty.

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