Khan As'ad Pasha

Khan As'ad Pasha (Arabic: خَان أَسْعَد بَاشَا, romanizedKhān ʾAsʿad Bāşā) is the largest caravanserai (khān) in the Old City of Damascus,[1] covering an area of 2,500 square metres (27,000 sq ft). Situated along Al-Buzuriyah Souq, it was built and named after As'ad Pasha al-Azm, the governor of Damascus, in 1751-52.[2] Khan As'ad Pasha has been described as one of the finest khans of Damascus,[3] and the most "ambitious" work of architecture in the city.[4] Throughout the Ottoman era, it hosted caravans coming from Baghdad, Mosul, Aleppo, Beirut and elsewhere in the Middle East.[5]

Khan As'ad Pasha
خَان أَسْعَد بَاشَا
Khan Asaad Basha.JPG
Alternative namesAs'ad Pasha al-Azm Khan
General information
TypeCaravanserai, museum
Architectural styleOttoman
LocationDamascus, Syria
AddressAl-Buzuriyah Souq
Construction started1751
ClientAs'ad Pasha al-'Azem
Technical details
Floor count2
Floor area2,500 square metres (27,000 sq ft)
Renovating team
Awards and prizesAga Khan Award for Architecture


The restoration of the khān won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.[6]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Baedeker, 1906, p.307.
  2. ^ As'ad Pasha Khan Archived 2011-08-13 at the Wayback Machine Archnet Digital Library.
  3. ^ Hillenbrand, 2004, p.355.
  4. ^ Carter, 2004, p.90.
  5. ^ Thomson, 1886, p.374.
  6. ^ As'ad Pasha Khan Restoration Archived 2009-01-06 at the Wayback Machine Archnet Digital Library.


  • Baedeker, K. (1906). Palestine and Syria: Handbook for Travellers. Baedeker.
  • Carter, Terry; Dunston, Lara (2004). Syria & Lebanon. Lonely Planet.
  • Hillenbrand, R. (2004). Islamic Architecture: Form, Function, and Meaning. Columbia University Press.
  • Thomson, W.M. (1886). The Land and the Book: Or, Biblical Illustrations Drawn from the Manners and Customs, the Scenes and Scenery, of the Holy Land ... Harper & Brothers.

Coordinates: 33°30′33″N 36°18′24″E / 33.50917°N 36.30667°E / 33.50917; 36.30667