Photographer's Note

The khan of As'ad Pasha al-Azem was built between 1751 and 1752 by the city governor As'ad Pasha al-Azem. It is regarded as one of the best surviving examples of a khan in the entire Middle East, and covers an area of 2500 square meters. Most striking of this khan is that it is built of alternating courses of basalt and limestone.

The khan was previsouly used as a roadside inn where travelers could rest and recover from the day's journey. It supported the flow of commerce, information, and people across the network of trade routes covering Asia, North Africa, and South-Eastern Europe.

No longer used for commerce at the beginning of the twentieth century, the khan was used for manufacture and storage until it was restored in 1990 for touristic use. The khan will probably host the Natural History Museum of Damascus in the future.

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Additional Photos by Julian Kaesler (Julian_K) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 145 W: 21 N: 198] (1055)
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