Crusader Cross (in the Aqsa Compound)

Crusader cross in Masjid al-Aqsa

Crusader cross in Masjid al-Aqsa

This is the remains of the cross on which the Crusaders, upon conquering Jerusalem, slaughtered thousands of the resident Muslims on. It was broken up when Salahuddin Ayyubi reconquered the city.

  • On Friday, 15th July 1099 CE, the Crusading Europeans arrived at the gates of Jerusalem. They began a siege, which lasted six weeks, after which the city fell. Led by Tancred, the Crusaders smashed there way into the Dome of the Rock mosque and stripped it of all the gold and silver. The Muslims fled into the other great mosque of al-Aqsa before surrendering and agreeing to pay a ransom to Tancred, who proved to be very untrustworthy. The next morning the Crusaders re-entered the al-Aqsa mosque and slaughtered everyone. No one knows exactly how many were butchered, but many historians estimate that over 70,000 people died. One of the Crusaders spoke of struggling to walk through a mass of blood and bodies more than knee high.
Side view of the Crusader cross

Side view of the Crusader cross

  • The cities Jews were burned alive in their main synagogue, where they had huddled together for refuge.
Part of the Crusader Cross near the Dome of the Rock

Part of the Crusader Cross near the Dome of the Rock


References:  Palestine: Beginner’s guide – Ismail Adam Patel, Local guides.

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