Al-Qaysariyya (the Silk Saray)
Built in 1595 during the reign of Emir Fakhreddine II as a public market for the then-flourishing silk trade, at its center you’ll come across a sunlit courtyard around which there are 16 shops built in a style similar to that of other famous trade centers from the Mamluk and Ottoman periods.
Al-Qaysariyya today proudly hosts the town’s cultural festivals. You’ll find several stairways in its vicinity that lead to the houses of Fakhreddine II’s mercenaries.
Near Al-Qaysariyya, there is an old house that once belonged to a Jewish family. It was bought off by a wealthy local man in the 19th century, but its ground floor remains a small, well-maintained synagogue.
The museum opens daily from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM in the summer and to 6:00 PM in the winter.
Telephone: 05 512777 – 05 511666