Damascus – Sabil al-Khazneh دمشق – سبيل الخزنة

Damascus - Sabil al-Khazneh (دمشق - سبيل الخزنة)

An interesting monument located near the western Bab al-Jabiyeh (باب الجابية) in the old city of Damascus (دمشق) is the Mamluk-era Sabil al-Khazneh (سبيل الخزنة). This public fountain was endowed by al-Amir Seif al-Din Jarkas (الأمير سيف الدين جركس), a grand chamberlain of Damascus (دمشق) under the Mamluks, in 1405. Above the fountain are Arabic inscriptions and a decorative arch. The moldings inside the arch are said by historian Jean Sauvaget to have derived from a Crusader monument.

The fountain still serves the surrounding neighborhood today, and is worth a quick look if exploring this area of the old city. Not far away, and also worth a visit, are the Mamluk-era al-Qalai Mosque (جامع القلعي) and Seidi Hisham Bin Ammar Mosque (جامع سيدي هشام بن عمار).


Getting There: Sabil al-Khazneh (سبيل الخزنة) is located at the western end of the old city of Damascus (دمشق). From al-Sinaniyeh Mosque (جامع السنانية), locate the western gate of the old city, Bab al-Jabiyeh (باب الجابية). Sabil al-Khazneh (سبيل الخزنة) is approximately one hundred meters east of here, through a clothing market, on the north side of the street.

Coordinates: 33°30’30.00″N / 36°18’10.00″E

Transliteration Variants: Sabil al-Khazna, Sabil al-Khaznah, Sabil al-Khazne

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