Damascus is the oldest continuously occupied city in the world. Hidden away in this ancient town is a treasure of domestic architecture unique in the world. The great houses of Damascus are fairytale palaces built in exotic styles that range from Roman and Mamluk to Ottoman Baroque. Behind the blank mud walls of the alleyways in the old town lie breathtaking interiors seldom visited by the outside world. The entrances of the houses, carefully designed so that no passerby can catch a glimpse inside, conceal courtyards filled with fountains and flowers, exquisite stone work, wall paintings, marble, and mother-of-pearl. This beautifully photographed album of the architectural treasures of old Damascus tells the stories of the palaces, how they were built, and who has lived in them through the centuries. Today old Damascus is at a crossroads: the people who once lived in the great houses have left them for the suburbs, and many buildings are falling into disrepair. The book provides a visual record of their beauty, and serves as a plea for the preservation of the heart of this ancient capital.
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Brigid Keenan is a writer who has lived for many years in Damascus. Tim Beddow's publications include East Africa. His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines, notably The World of Interiors.From Library Journal:
Damascus, considered by some scholars to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, was at times a renowned and wealthy capital and at times an occupied city. Each era brought changes in architecture, resulting in a city filled with magnificent palaces and luxurious homes. In 1979, UNESCO designated the Old City of Damascus a World Heritage site. However, the beauty is fading rapidly, and many buildings are in dire need of restoration. Keenan, a freelance journalist and longtime resident of Damascus, combined forces with photographer Beddow to provide this visual record of the ancient town and plead for the preservation of the heart of the city. They explore both public buildings and rarely seen private houses. Beddow's photographs are an eloquent homage to the varying architectural styles of old Damascus, and Keenan's accompanying text explores the history of Damascus as a city as well as the individual histories of its mosques, palaces, and private homes. Recommended for both academic and public libraries with either Middle Eastern or architecture collections.
-Mary Morgan Smith, Northland P.L., Pittsburgh
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Descripción Thames & Hudson, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería DADAX0500019460
Descripción Thames & Hudson, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110500019460
Descripción Thames & Hudson, 2000. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Brand New!. Nº de ref. de la librería VIB0500019460