Al-Zahrawi Castle

It is located in Omar Al-Mukhtar St. Palmyra Gate avenue and it is considered one of the most important old houses in Homs. The name comes after the family which resided there during the first quarter of the last century, it has also been used as a governing house in Homs.

The building consists of two neighbouring blocks, the first one is called Al-Dar al-Kabirah, it goes back to the Mamluk reign specifically 13th century, while the other is The Castle, the building goes back to late 18th century and early 19th century during the Ottoman period. In 1990, the archeological work in the building helped discover Byzantine tombs in the basement of the castle. In the 1980s, the castle was turned into a museum of antiques due to its architectural and historic value. The castle has survived many wars and earthquakes, yet it was damaged massively during the air strikes that attacked the city at the beginning of the current Syrian war. 

Text: Reem Lababidi

Lens Young Homsi group

Lens Young Homsi group

Ministry of tourism - Homs

Mariam Bachich