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Khan As'ad Pasha, Damascus: 4 reviews and 9 photos

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Khan Assad Pacha may be one of many khans (i.e. caravanserais) scattered around Old Damascus, but it is certainly the grandest and architecturally most impressive. The eight-domed khan was built around 1750 by Assad Pacha al-Azem, the Ottoman-period governor who built Beit al-Azem, and it was used as an inn and a terminal for caravans carrying merchandise from lands faraway. The use of the black and white stripes is most impressive and is strangely reminiscent of the Siena Cathedral in Tuscany. An earthquake caused three of the Khan's eight domes to collapse many years ago and it subsequently fell into neglect. It continued to be used until very recently but only as a storage space for the adjacent Souk al-Bzouriya. In 1990, Khan Assad Pacha underwent excellent restoration and the destroyed domes were rebuilt. The vacant Khan is now open to visitors and is sometimes used as an exhibition hall. Rumour has it there are plans to turn it into a museum of natural history in the near future.

Address: Souk al-Bzouriyeh
Directions: Between Azem Palace and Via Recta (Midhat Pacha Street)

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  • Updated Feb 12, 2010
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