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Khan of As'ad Pasha al-'Azm

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dc.coverage.spatial Site: Damascus (Dimashq, Syria) en_US
dc.creator Unknown en_US 2008-03-13T14:13:53Z 2008-03-13T14:13:53Z
dc.identifier 111849 en_US
dc.identifier.uri en_US
dc.description "a model of compact and ingenious planning. Grouped around the large central square with its nine amply fenestrated domes are a series of double inter-communicating rooms; in the upper story these shrink to single rooms sandwiched between a high parapet and a continuous vaulted gallery. Two-tone marble or stone, lavish intarsia work and stalactite vaulting combine to render this the most resplendent example of its kind." [Hillenbrand] "Khan Asad Pasha is an important monument in the walled city of Damascus, within the Bzouriyyeh Souk. It was built by the governor of Syria, Asad al Azem, in 1752, and has changed hands more than once since. It was being used as a storage space in the heart of a busy commercial area by a large number of shopowners. This use was found incompatible with and detrimental to its many qualities and the Syrian Department of Museums and Antiquities decided to intervene. The two storey structure, which is considered to be unique, is square in plan, with a large, central court surmounted by nine domes. It contains a total of 80 rooms distributed on two levels around the courtyard. A monumental portal allows access to and from the souk. The intervention included the reconstruction of certain structural members, such as the four central pillars of the courtyard, and the domes. The construction is double bearing walls of stone and four central pillars, flat roof combined with brick domes and stone vaults, bricks and plaster mixed with gravel for infill, and alternative courses of white limestone and black basalt on the external façades." [ArchNet]Restored by Dir. Gen. of Antiquities en_US
dc.description plan (drawing) en_US
dc.format.medium basalt (basic igneous rock) en_US
dc.format.medium brick en_US
dc.format.medium limestone en_US
dc.format.medium marble en_US
dc.format.medium stone en_US
dc.relation.ispartof 113945 en_US
dc.subject Lodging-houses en_US
dc.subject Bazaars (Markets) en_US
dc.subject Commerce en_US
dc.subject Travelers en_US
dc.subject Trade routes en_US
dc.subject Architecture, Islamic --Syria en_US
dc.subject Land use, Urban en_US
dc.title Khan of As'ad Pasha al-'Azm en_US
dc.title.alternative Asad Pasha Khan en_US
dc.title.alternative Khan Asad Pasha al Azem en_US
dc.title.alternative Khan of Asad Pasha al Azm en_US
dc.type Image en_US
dc.rights.access All rights reserved en_US
vra.culturalContext Syrian en_US
vra.culturalContext Islamic en_US
vra.technique construction en_US
vra.worktype Market (building) en_US
vra.worktype Caravanserai en_US
vra.worktype Khan en_US
dc.contributor.display Syrian, Islamic en_US

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