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Azem Palace, Damascus: 16 reviews and 39 photos
Damascus still has its share of typical traditional houses - the best preserved of them is the Azem Palace. Traditional houses were built around a courtyard, and consisted of several buildings. This one had once been the residence for a city's Governor. The architecture is great, and the materials used (basalt, limestone and sandstone) are the mans by which colourful "natural" decorations were achieved. All details are played according to the three types of stones' colours. And then there are the furniture: lavish - especially the wooden panels (of which yu can see an example at the national Museum). Because this palace has been turned into a Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions it means that on Tuesdays it's closed. Entry (Jan 2003) was 150 Syrian pounds.
Address: old town
Directions: not far from the Omayyad mosque. At the end of the gold and perfume souq, to the left.
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