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Explore the Islamic Heritage of the Mediterranean in Palestinian Territories | Khan al-Lubban

Khan al-Lubban

Khan al-Lubban

How To Reach

Lies 41 km. from Jerusalem. Having visited the Khan Jifna, return to the road leading to Nablus. After 1 km. from the crossroads of the village of Sinjil, turn left off the main road. The road will start to wind and descend sharply until you reach the Plain of al-Lubban. It is recommended that the visitor stop off and take in the view of the plain from one of the bends. The caravanserai is at the end of the winding road on the right. The site is open at all times.

Descriptions with thematic focus from other MWNF programmes


KHAN AL-LUBBAN
In Islamic Art in the Mediterranean Exhibition Trails.
KHAN AL-LUBBAN in PILGRIMAGE, SCIENCES AND SUFISM. Islamic Art in the West Bank and Gaza, by Marwan Abu Khalaf (English, Español)
The exact date of the building is unknown although its style indicates it goes back to the late Mamluk or early Ottoman period. A large part of its western side and part of its northern side were renovated and rebuilt during the Ottoman period. This can be clearly inferred from the size and style of the stones. Due to its strategic location, the caravanserai was used as a police station during the British Mandate and Jordanian rule.
The building is square-plan; each side is about 23 m. long. Unlike other caravanserais, it has only one storey, possibly due to being pretty close to the towns of Nablus and al-Bireh.
A large part of the original structure has survived and its entrance leads to an open courtyard and to a vaulted hall. Stables are found on either side of the entrance. The rooms to the east and west of the courtyard were for administration purposes, while those to the north were used to lodge visitors. The mosque’s location, however, has not been identified. Recently further alterations to the building have been carried out to make it more accessible to visitors.
In addition to its vital location, the fact that a fresh-water well already existed nearby was an additional factor behind placing the building here.

Marwan Abu Khalaf.

La fecha de construcción del jan no se conoce con exactitud, aunque sus características arquitectónicas indican que el edificio se remonta a finales de la época mameluca o principios de la otomana. Las restauraciones y reconstrucciones realizadas durante esta última época en gran parte del edificio afectaron a la zona oeste y a una parte de la zona norte, como indican la disposición de las piedras y su tamaño. Debido a su posición estratégica, el jan fue utilizado durante el mandato británico y la administración jordana como puesto de policía. El edificio es de planta cuadrada, con 23 m de lado. Consta de una sola planta, a diferencia de otros jans, quizás por la corta distancia que lo separa de Nablus y de al-Bireh. Una parte del edificio se conserva en su aspecto original. Se accede por una entrada que conduce a un patio y una sala abovedada. Las estancias de los lados norte y sur del patio servían, probablemente, de oficinas, mientras que las habitaciones situadas en el lado norte estaban destinadas a los huéspedes. Desgraciadamente no se ha conseguido localizar el emplazamiento de la mezquita. Recientemente se han emprendido nuevas restauraciones para hacer el edificio más accesible a los visitantes.
Aparte de su situación estratégica, la presencia de un pozo preexistente ha contribuido también a la elección del emplazamiento.

Marwan Abu Khalaf.

Khan al-Lubban, entrance, internal view.
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