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"Beit Siba'i" Top 5 Page for this destination Beit As Sibai Tip by MM212

Beit As Sibai, Damascus: 2 reviews and 9 photos

  Beit Siba'i - main iwan (Dec 06)
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  • Beit Siba'i - main iwan (Dec 06) - Damascus
      Beit Siba'i - main iwan (Dec 06)
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  • Damascene Architecture (Dec 06) - Damascus
      Damascene Architecture (Dec 06)
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  • Beit Siba'i Courtyard (Dec 06) - Damascus
      Beit Siba'i Courtyard (Dec 06)
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  • Wooden ceiling in Beit Siba'i (Dec 06) - Damascus
      Wooden ceiling in Beit Siba'i (Dec 06)
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A fine example of traditional Damascene houses, Beit Siba'i dates from the 18th century. Architecturally, it might also be considered the purest Syrian form, not too different from Azem Palace, applying polychrome stripes and geometric circles, and absent of Ottoman and European influences evident in many other palaces. In the 1950s, it served as the residence of the Belgian consul. On my first visit to Damascus in Dec 2006, Beit Siba'i was open to visitors and in a fairly good state of preservation, having been restored in the 1990s by the Syrian government. Since 2008, Beit Siba'i has been undergoing yet another restoration project, funded by the Aga Khan Foundation, supposedly to convert it into a luxury hotel (the same is happening to the neighbouring Beit Quwatli and nearby Beit Nizam).

Address: Hassan al-Kharrat Street
Directions: Just south of Souk Medhat Pasha

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 14, 2010
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