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035. Hillah - Duh'l Kifi Shrine



Southwestern Babil Governorate. On the southwestern outskirts of Hillah, in central Iraq slightly east of the river Euphrates, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Baghdad, near the ancient cities of Babylon, Borsippa and Kish.


Dhu'l Kifi Shrine

Dates of Site: 1316 AD
Builder/patron: Sultan Uljaitu

Dhu'l-Kifl Shrine is situated between the towns of Hillah and Najaf, one hundred and thirty kilometers south of Baghdad. It is part of a complex comprising a minaret and a mosque. The site was originally a place of Jewish pilgrimage as it housed the tomb of the prophet Ezekiel. In 1316 the Ilkhanid Sultan Uljaitu acquired the property and re-named it. Sultan Uljaitu built the mosque and minaret, making it a Muslim pilgrimage site for the next six centuries, until the early nineteenth century when Menahim Ibn Danyal, a wealthy Jew, converted it back to a Jewish site.



 





 

 

 





Latitude
  32° 13′ 27″
 
  32.224167° N
Longitude
  44° 22′ 36″
  44.376667° E
   
UTM x
  441266.06044270133
UTM y
  3565453.7202030355
Zone
  38N
   
MGRS
  38SML4126665453
   

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