Sarouja Disrict
Project Description

Souq Sarouja

The research attempts to reveal the importance of a threatened historical district situated in the outside of the wall of Old Damascus, the research is about revealing 14 important highlights of Sarouja distributed along side with moment installation and exhibited to public.

These highlights are not only architectural; they can also be details about the social life, history and comparisons. Some of these highlights can be visible while other exists only in memories and literature.

The beginnings of Souq Sarouja started on the XII century, when the eastern side of Sarouja was initially called Al Ouienah or Ouienat al Hema, It strated extending from  the districts out of Damascus wall ,  the side of Oqaibah . Many buildings appeared in the Ayyubid era represented by tombs and graves like Al Najmiah tomb and Al Muiniah tomb and the great school of Set Al Sham.

Sarouja developed during the Mamluk period and became a luxurious area for governors and society elites in the Ottoman ruling of Damascus, eventually ,and during the French mandate of Syria, a new urban plan of Damascus has been proposed and resulted to extract Srouja out of its authentic fabric. Nowadays, Souq Sarouja holds a tremendous history and more tremendous fabrics with many buildings with deferent references . 

The 14 Highlights of Srouja

Entrance (Al Thawra St) – Urban Highlight
Al Madraseh Shamyeh (School) – Urban Highlight
Turbah Al Najmiah (Tomp) – Architectural Highlight
Bait Al Hboubati (Ottoman House) –Architectural Highlight
Bait Al Abed (House) – Historical Highlights
Hulu Basha (Political figure) – Social Highlight
Hammam AL Jozeh (Bath) – Architectural Highlight
Shababyk (Windows) – Urban Highlight
Al Wazeer Mosque (Mosque) – Historical Highlight
1929-2011 (Aerial view)- Comparison  Highlight
Jozet al Hadba (Alley) – Urban Highlight
Sabeel Al Ward(fountain) – Urban Highlight
Al ward (Minaret)  - Architectural Highlight
Exit (Al Mohafaza Square) – Urban Highlight 

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Location :  Damascus, Syria

Clients & Partners : Institut français du Proche-Orient , Damasucs Municipality

Project Phase: Completed 2011

Type of assignment : Commision 

Research output