The Mamilla neighborhood is situated west of the Old City of Jerusalem, across from the Jaffa Gate/Bab Al-Kahlil. It was built along one of the tributaries of the Kidron stream, and is inseparable from the historical basin of ancient Jerusalem. Mamilla is home to the largest and most important Muslim cemetery in Jerusalem. The cemetery stretches from Agron St. in the south to the Mamilla Mall in the east, the Nahalat Shiv’a neighborhood in the north, and King George St. and the old Plaza Hotel in the west. As with the Jewish cemetery at the Mt. of Olives, this was where religious and political leaders, high-level bureaucrats, men of letters, the wealthy and other notables were buried, in this case all of them Muslim. At the center of the cemetery, we find the Mamilla pool, shallow rectangular pool that originally served as a drinking water reservoir. The distribution of graves surrounding the pool testifies that it is prior to the cemetery, but scholars disagree whether the pool originated in the Hellenistic, Roman or Byzantine era. Archaeological digs in the area show burials from 11th-12th Centuries CE to the 20th Century.
Among those interned here we find Kebekiyeh dia A-Din Aidughdi, governor of Safed in the Mamluk Sultanate (13th Century), whose tomb is the largest and most opulent in the cemetery; the Dajani family – among the richest of Palestinian Jerusalem families in the 20th Century, and more. Furthermore, written sources testify that Al-Wasiti, a leader from the Salah A-Din era, was buried in Mamilla though evidence of the grave has yet to be found.