Junblatt Palace

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Junblatt Palace
قصر جنبلاط
Junblatt palace Aleppo.jpg
Junblatt Palace
Alternative names Qasr Junblatt
General information
Type Palace, Museum
Architectural style Syrian
Location Aleppo, Syria
Address Al-Bandarah, al-Farafira district
Ancient Aleppo
Completed 16th century
Client Janpolad bek ibn Qasim
Technical details
Floor count 2

Junblatt Palace (Arabic: قصر جنبلاط‎); originally Janpolad Palace (Arabic: قصر جان بولاد‎), is a palace in Aleppo, Syria, built during the 2nd half of the 16th century by the emir of Kurds in Aleppo and the founder of the Janpolad (Jumblatt) family; Janpolad bek ibn Qasim.[1] In 1604-1605, it has briefly served a residence for the Ottoman wāli of Aleppo Hussein Pasha Janpolad.

The palace is located at al-Bandarah neighbourhood of al-Farafira district within the walls of the Ancient City of Aleppo. According to the Aleppine historian sheikh Kamel al-Ghazzi, emir Janpolad spent one thousand Ottoman gold lira to build the palace. Since 1766, the palace became the property of al-Kawakibi family. In 1814, its served as the residence of the mufti of Aleppo sheikh Hasan Afandi al-Kawakibi.

Junblatt Palace is believd to have the largest iwan in Aleppo, decorated with fine qashani ceramic-tiled mosaic wall, depicting several Persian-type inscriptions.[2] Like the vast majority of Arabic traditional houses, the square-shaped courtyard of the palace has a large water fountain in the centre mainly used for wudu.

However, many associated external buildings around the palace -including a military barack and stables- were ruined during the 1960s.

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Coordinates: 36°12′13″N 37°09′31″E / 36.20361°N 37.15861°E / 36.20361; 37.15861