Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery, Najaf

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See one of the world's largest cemeteries at Wadi Al-Salaam Cemetery. Explore on your own, or join an organized tour and learn about the history of the 601 hectare (1,485 acre) site. Among the over 5 million graves, you'll see the final resting place of important citizens and ancient prophets. Once considered a part of heaven, the cemetery draws scores of faithful pilgrims; many wish to be buried here, believing they will find peace after death. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Najaf using our trip planner.
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  • Allegedly largest cemetery in the world. The dimensions can hardly be grasped. Nice walk. Otherwise little operation.
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  • Biggest cemetery in the world.. Its very interesting place if you visit Najaf first time.. I prefer to watch the cemetery from top view.  more »
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  • Wadi e Salam world's largest graveyard located in Najaf, Iraq. So many profit's(as) cemeteries are there because of that Wadi-us-Salam very important for all humanity specially for all Muslim world. According to Geography and History, The Graveyard Cemetery covers 1,485.5 acres (601.16 ha; 6.01 km2; 2.32 sq mi) and contains over 5 million bodies. It is also attracts millions of pilgrims annually.
  • Wadi-us-Salaam (Arabic: وادي السلام‎, translit. Wādī as-Salām, lit. 'Valley of Peace') is an Islamic cemetery, located in the Shia holy city of Najaf, Iraq. It is the largest cemetery in the world.[1] The cemetery covers 1,485.5 acres (601.16 ha; 6.01 km2; 2.32 sq mi) and contains over 5 million bodies.[2] It also attracts millions of pilgrims annually.[3] The cemetery is located near the holy shrine of Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib, as the first Shia Imam.[4] Thus, many Shi'ites in Iraq request that they be buried in this cemetery.[4] As a result of improved transportation methods, Shi'ites from across the globe are (or seek to be) buried in the cemetery. However, burial at the cemetery "means being placed in one of the cemetery’s many catacombs."[5] According to an undertaker at the cemetery, each crypt can hold up to 50 bodies.[6] The burial plots are controlled by Marja'.[7] According to some sources there are nearly 70,000 prophets buried here, Prophet hud(as) and prophet saleh (as) are among them.
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