Mamilla Cemetery & Mamilla Pool Reservoir, Jerusalem

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#27 of 31 in Parks in Jerusalem
Mamilla Cemetery is a historic Muslim cemetery located just to the west of the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel. The cemetery, at the center of which lies the Mamilla Pool, contains the remains of figures from the early Islamic period, several Sufi shrines and Mamluk-era tombs. The cemetery grounds also contain the bodies of thousands of Christians killed in the pre-Islamic era, as well as several tombs from the time of the Crusades.Its identity as an Islamic cemetery is noted by Arab and Persian writers as early as the 11th century. It was used as a burial site up until 1927 when the Supreme Muslim Council decided to preserve it as a historic site.Following the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, the cemetery and other waqf properties in West Jerusalem fell under the control of Israeli governmental bodies. A number of buildings, a road and other public facilities, such as a park, a parking lot and public lavatories have since been constructed on the cemetery grounds, destroying grave markers and tombs. A plan to build a Museum of Tolerance on part of the cemetery grounds, announced in 2004, aroused much controversy and faced several stop work orders before being given final approval in July 2011.
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  • Great water reservoir, huge even for today view, remained from ancient Jerusalem water delivery infrastructure. Two thousand years from Herod's time doesn't destroyed elements of water system. The wat...  more »
  • It's unbelivable that it's there,few hundred meters from downtown Jerusalem, very interesting and unusual.  more »
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  • Ancient Muslim graveyard in West Jerusalem. It’s a shame to see it in such state of disrepair.
  • It's an ok place to be buried, I guess. Not much afterlife though
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