Shrine of Imam Husayn, Karbala

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The primary focus of pilgrimages to Karbala, this large shrine contains the tomb of Imam Husayn (d. 680), the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and a much-revered Shi'a martyr.

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318984
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Shrine of Imam Husayn
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Karbala, Iraq
Coordinates
32.616569° N, 44.034276° E
Date Published
October 8, 2013
Last Updated
April 11, 2015

Timeline

680
Battle of Karbala

The Battle of Karbala, a conflict centering on the question of succession to the Prophet Muhammad. Imam Husayn, grandson of the Prophet, is killed in the battle.

684
First Construction over Imam Husayn's Tomb

Construction of the first mosque over Imam Husayn's tomb.

749
Shrine of Imam Husayn Enlarged

The Shrine of Imam Husayn is enlarged.

977
Sepulchre for Imam Husayn's Tomb Constructed

A sepulchre for Imam Husayn's tomb is constructed of teak wood.

Shrine of Imam Husayn

Construction of the present Shrine of Imam Husayn.

Reconstruction of walls and dome at Shrine of Imam Husayn

Extensive reconstruction of the walls and dome.

2004
Bomb Attacks at Karbala

A Shi'a pilgrimage to Karbala, the second since Hussein was removed from power in Iraq, is marred by bomb attacks that kill and wound hundreds.

1991
Shrines of Karbala Plundered

The richly endowed shrines of Karbala are plundered and damaged by the Iraqi army.