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Historical Facts

The Midan Quarter

What Is?

The Midan Quarter became the extension of Damascus Old City outside the wall in the 12th century.

As the city grew in that period, people started to settle south of the wall in the open fields that were traditionally the gathering place of pilgrims heading to Mecca.

The name “Midan”, meaning “Open Space” in Arabic, was given to this new extension of Damascus.

Today, the Midan Quarter has lost many of its past monuments, but there are still few to be seen among the new buildings.

Damascus Pilgrimage Convoy

Damascus Pilgrimage Convoy

Pilgrims from all over the Ottoman Empire used to gather in the Midan Quarter south of Damascus Old City before setting off to Mecca. They did so after a formal ceremony which the Ottoman Sultan attended personally.