The heart of Damascus is breaking over its “tikki”… the most important landmarks of the capital, with an unknown fate!

The heart of Damascus is breaking over its “tikki”… the most important landmarks of the capital, with an unknown fate!
The heart of Damascus is breaking over its “tikki”… the most important landmarks of the capital, with an unknown fate!

From the Umayyad Mosque, Midhat Pasha Market, Al-Hamidiyah, Al-Nawfara Coffee Shop, Old Damascus and many others, even the Sulaymaniyah Hospice.

No Syrian can talk about the landmarks of his capital, Damascus, and forgets to mention the name of that area that sits in the middle of the heart of the capital and the heart of all Syrians.

Recently, however, it has become the talk of people, especially since the archaeological site closed its doors by order of the regime government in Syria, under the pretext of “restoration work.”

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And after videos spread on social media, showing craft owners emptying their shops of their tools, fear became the master of the situation.

Many places in Syria took the same measures, without knowing their fate until today.

Faced with this concern, the Minister of Tourism in the government of the regime, Muhammad Rami Martini, appeared, denying the validity of what is being circulated about the granting of the archaeological site (Al-Takiyyah al-Sulaymaniyah) to the private sector.

He said that it belongs to the Ministry of Awqaf and not to the Ministry of Tourism to dispose of it, and that what is happening in the hospice is a project “the largest of its kind in restoring this heritage place for the first time since its establishment.”

He also explained that the ongoing restoration work began more than 3 years ago, and its aim is to preserve and preserve it, stressing that it was necessary to evacuate the handicraft market, which is located in the small hospice, because the restoration work reached this part.

He revealed that about 40 craftsmen will be transferred to the Dummar Central Incubator for Craft Arts.

The most beautiful and ancient regions!

It is noteworthy that, after months of appeals to stop the eviction of the professions market in Al-Takia Al-Sulaymaniyah, the eviction decision was implemented two days ago.


The craftsmen were seen packing their goods and leaving in a state of grief and oppression.


The Syrians also circulated dozens of pictures and video clips of the evictions, which included about 70 shops that had been selling traditional gifts, souvenirs, art pieces, silverware, and jewelry made with high craftsmanship for years.

The construction of the Sulaymaniyah Hospice in Damascus dates back to 1554 during the reign of the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, who ordered its construction on the ruins of Al-Zahir Baybars Palace.

It included a mosque and the High Gate School, and its construction was supervised by the famous Turkish engineer Mimar Sinan, and the Damascene engineer Shihab al-Din Ahmad ibn al-Attar. It consists of two parts: the Great Hospice and the Lesser Hospice.

It was also used by the French Mandate as a headquarters for the French forces, and in 1934 part of it was allocated to the Faculty of Dentistry, and later it was used as a religious school.

In the 1970s, the small hospice was allocated to establish a market for handicrafts and antiques with the aim of supporting heritage crafts. Craftsmen were granted shops with symbolic wages. A handmade glass factory was also established there, and workshops for making mosaics, silver, gold, jewelry and other Damascene arts, in addition to weaving brocade silk.

In the past years, the Sulaymaniyah hospice housed about 100 craft shops, whose activity declined due to the cessation of tourism during the war period and the exposure of the hospice to shells.

After the cessation of military operations in and around Damascus, the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums announced its intention to rehabilitate the dilapidated Sulaymaniyah Hospice by closing 40 shops and closing the Great Hospice, which was a military museum, without clarifying the plans prepared for this restoration and its purpose.

Until the evacuation of the minor hospice, that is, the professions market, was completed, to complete the restoration and rehabilitation project, which is expected to be completed in 2025.



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