Khan As’ad Pasha
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,being used as a storage space in the heart of a busy commercial area by a large number of shop owners
Another highlight of Old Damascus. It is a beautiful Khan, with interesting architecture. It reminds a bit of an Ottoman mosque when looking at the domes and arches.
There is a round pool in the middle, which forms the centre of the Khan. This is most probably the best place to understand what Khans were built for.
From the windows, you can look down at the wonderful markets (spices and sweets).
It is easy to find if you are in Straight Street, turn into Souq-al-Bzouriyya (spices & sweets). You will find it on the right hand side.
Entrance: SYP 75
Closed on Fridays
Khan Assad Pacha may be one of many khans (i.e. caravanserais) scattered around Old Damascus, but it is certainly the grandest and architecturally most impressive. The eight-domed khan was built around 1750 by Assad Pacha al-Azem, the Ottoman-period governor who built Beit al-Azem, and it was used as an inn and a terminal for caravans carrying merchandise from lands faraway. The use of the black and white stripes is most impressive and is strangely reminiscent of the Siena Cathedral in Tuscany. An earthquake caused three of the Khan's eight domes to collapse many years ago and it subsequently fell into neglect. It continued to be used until very recently but only as a storage space for the adjacent Souk al-Bzouriya. In 1990, Khan Assad Pacha underwent excellent restoration and the destroyed domes were rebuilt. The vacant Khan is now open to visitors and is sometimes used as an exhibition hall. Rumour has it there are plans to turn it into a museum of natural history in the near future.
Khan As'ad Pasha is in the Old Town, south of The Umayyad Mosque. It's a big beautiful khan built in the 18th century. One of the domes has collapsed making a lot of light coming in.
Walking around in the old town you will come across many old buildings with fine architecture, mosques, hammams, khans and madrasas.