This statue was ordered and erected to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Saladin’s death (1138-1193). Saladin’s mausoleum is in the nearby Umayyad Mosque. 

The statue of Saladin is escorted by several foot soldiers and a sufi. Behind the statue two crusaders are kneeling, they are Guy of Lusignan (Lord of Jerusalem, spared by Saladin) and Raynald of Châtillon (Lord of Kerak, killed by Saladin). The horse has a characteristic Arabian head, at least according to 20th century standards. 

Own pictures taken in 2007, when the statue was being restored. Photographers other pictures unknown

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