Al-Tall al-Zaynabi

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Al-Tall al-Zaynabī (Arabic:التلّ الزينبي) is a place overlooking the Qatligah of Imam al-Husayn (a). In the Event of Karbala, Lady Zaynab (a) watched her brother, al-Husayn b. Ali (a) in the battle from there. It is located at the west of the holy Shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a) and is visited by Shias.

Meaning of "Tall"

In Arabic, "Tall" means a projection of soil and sand on the ground.[1]


The oldest picture of al-Tall al-Zaynabi

Land of Karbala has been uneven and has had hills. In the event of Karbala, there was a hill overlooking the place of the martyrdom of martyrs, where Lady Zaynab (a) went up there to see her brother's situation on the battlefield.[2]


Currently, there is a building called al-Tall al-Zaynabi on the southwest of the holy shrine of Imam al-Husayn (a) which is about 5 meters above the ground level of the holy shrine and is about 35 meters away from the Sacrifice Pit. This place is built like a room with some stairs leading to it and a blue-tiled dome.[3] Reconstruction of the building of al-Tall al-Zaynabi was made about 1398/1977-8.[4]


  1. Muḥaddithī, Farhang-i ʿĀshūrā, p. 119.
  2. Āl Ṭuʿma, Turāth al-Karbalāʾ, p. 129.
  3. Zamānī, Sayrī dar Sarzamīn-i khāṭirahā, p. 116.
  4. Āl Ṭuʿma, Turāth al-Karbalāʾ, p. 129.


  • Āl Ṭuʿma, Salmān Hādī. Turāth al-Karbalāʾ. Tehran: Nashr-i Mashʿar, 1393 Sh.
  • Muḥaddithī, Jawād. Farhang-i ʿĀshūrā. Qom: Nashr-i Maʿrūf, 1388 Sh.
  • Zamānī, Aḥmad. Sayrī dar Sarzamīn-i khāṭirahā. Tehran: Nashr-i Mashʿar, 1381 Sh.