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Al-Basha Palace: a vivid image of Gaza heritage (Photo)
Al-Basha Palace: a vivid image of Gaza heritage (Photo)
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Gaza, Alray - Fixing a gaze at Basha Palace, the remaining of the ancient palaces in Gaza, and at the shapely stones it is build of, you can travel with your mind to Mamluk era,

Once standing on its mosaic floor, you can touch the craftsmanship in making its captivating ornaments which shall make you step in to the palace’s corridors in wonder.

Al-Basha Palace is located in Al-Daraj neighborhood to the northern tip of the old town in Gaza. It has been named many times over the several eras it passed by; for example, ‘Al-Radwan Palace’, 'House of Happiness', and 'Great House', and 'Napoleon's Castle'.

Two pillars inscribed in Arabic with the phrase ‘b-ismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīmi’ -the first phrase recited before each Sura in Quran and in the preamble of the constitutions of Islamic countries, which means "In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful"- and with two lions top the palace’s gateway.

The palace consists of two floors that have many chambers. The palace's roof with its arches adds luster to the site and wonderful charm, and provides it with ventilation.

One chamber includes a museum of antique, historic collectibles such as coins, Islamic manuscripts, cooking utensils, crockery and pottery. The chambers and corridors have been tagged with the names of Canaanite –and then Palestinian- towns.