There are 13 bazars distributed around the old city. They are characterized by their basalt floor and zinc roofs, the arches and stonework vaults. Nur ad-Din is considered the founder of these bazars, however; the main expansion work took place during the Ayyubid, Mamluk and then The Ottoman eras.
Some of the most famous bazars are “Al-Harir Market” which goes back to the Mamluk reign, also “Al-Attareen Market”, called Al-Arab Market and it has a distinctive Mosaic floor and “Al-Qisareyah Market”, which is the only market survived the war in Syria so far. “Abdo Agha Swaidan Market” also known by the name of Souk Al-Ebi (cloaks market), which sheltered the rebels during the Ottoman occupation and continued to become a base for the fighters against the French occupationduring the Great Syrian Revolution. During the modern history, Homs has lost many of its old markets, such as Al-Kawafah and Al-Asakefa, due to the renovation plans in the city. Many of the markets were also damaged due to the battles that took place in the area during the first two years of the Syrian revolution which started in 2011.
Text: Reem Lababidi
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