Dahdah Palace

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Dahdah Palace information

Damascus , Syria
Street 9 Sharia ash-Shalla
admission free
Opening hours
h9am-1pm & 4-6pm Mon-Sat
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Lonely Planet review

Unseen behind the high walls within the Old City are hundreds of delightful houses built around courtyards and featuring their own elaborate decoration. Unfortunately, many of these treasures are in a sad state of disrepair, but a loop off Straight St takes in several examples, all of which have benefited from renovation.

A five-minute walk east through the back alleys brings you to Dahdah Palace, an 18th-century residence owned by the Dahdah family. Ring the bell for an informal guided tour by the charming Mrs Dahdah and her daughter (both of whom speak excellent English) of the graceful courtyard, fragrant with jasmine and lemon trees, the liwan (summer room), and the reception room with its exquisite niche. They also sell antiques.