Azm Palace

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Azm Palace
قصر العظم
Azem Palace 02.jpg
Alternative names Qasr al-Azm
General information
Type Palace, Museum
Architectural style Ottoman
Location Damascus, Syria
Address Al-Buzuriyah Souq
Completed 1750
Renovated 1945-1961
Client As'ad Pasha al-Azm
Technical details
Floor count 2
Renovating team
Awards and prizes Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Azm Palace (Arabic: قصر العظم‎‎) is a palace in Damascus, Syria which was originally built in 1750 as a residence for the Ottoman governor of Damascus As'ad Pasha al-Azm. The palace now houses the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions.


Azm Palace architecture

The architecture is an excellent example of Damascene traditional houses. The structure consists of several buildings and two wings: the harem and the selamlik. The harem is the family wing, which was a private space for the residents (originally, the Azm family). This wing includes the kitchen, servant quarters, and the baths, which are a replica of the public baths in the city on a smaller scale. The salamlik is the guest wing, and it comprises the formal halls, reception areas and large courtyards with traditional cascading fountains.

Used in the building of this palace were several types of stones including limestone, sandstone, basalt, and marble, chosen to provide a natural decoration. The ceilings have painted wooden panels that display natural scenes.

Dr. Andrew Petersen, director of Research in Islamic Archaeology at the University of Wales Lampeter states that the use of ablaq (alternating courses of white limestone and black basalt) in this building is “A characteristic of the monumental masonry of Damascus.”[1]

In 1925 under the French Mandate, the Azm Palace which was previously damaged during the Syrian Revolution was restored. It became a museum of arts and folk traditions. It received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1983.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Petersen, Andrew (October 3, 2011). "Damascus – history, arts and architecture". Islamic Arts & Architecture. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Azem Palace at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 33°30′37″N 36°18′25″E / 33.51028°N 36.30694°E / 33.51028; 36.30694