Bab Al Saghir, Damascus

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    Bab al-Saghir

    by MM212 Updated Feb 16, 2010

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    Located south-west of the old city, Bab al-Saghir was named the Gate of Mars in Roman Damascus. Much like some of the other gates in the city, Bab al-Saghir was rebuilt in the 12th century by Nureddine al-Zengi. Although it is the smallest among the gates (saghir = small), it managed to make history when Tamerlane used it to enter Damascus before destroying the city. The name Bab al-Saghir is also synonymous with a religiously significant cemetery located just outside the gate, where many of the companions of the Prophet Mohammed were buried, as well as a few Omayyad Caliphs.

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