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  Stained Glass in Khan al-Shouna
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  • Stained Glass in Khan al-Shouna - Aleppo
      Stained Glass in Khan al-Shouna
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  • Khan al-Shouna - Aleppo
  • Khan al-Shouna - Aleppo
  • Khan al-Shouna - Aleppo

The 16th century Khan al-Shouna is atypical in that it was never a caravanserai, hence the lack of a courtyard. This khan is more of what is traditionally referred to as a qaysariya -- a gated, covered market with vaulted ceilings and shops alongside its main nave. It is said that qaysariyas (a word derived from "Caesar") originated in Roman basilicas, and may have been the basis for the Parisian passage and eventually the American shopping mall. Khan al-Shouna was successfully restored by the government in the 1990's and turned into a market for Aleppine artefacts. With its location just outside the Citadel, Khan al-Shouna has since catered more for tourists than locals, yet its merchandise is authentic and not necessarily overpriced.

Address: Facing main Citadel entrance

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  • Updated Jul 27, 2007
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