Khan El Franj
The khan el Franj is one of the many khans or caravansaries built
by Fakhreddine II for merchants and goods. This is a typical khan with a large
rectangular courtyard and a central fountain surrounded by covered galleries.
The center of economic activity for the city in the 19th century, the khan also
housed the French consulate. Today it is being renovated to serve as Sidon’s
Not far from the Sea Castle, a short distance from the wharf, is the
picturesque old vaulted souk of Sidon which dates back to an age when most
inhabitants dwelt in the area between the city walls and the harbor and Khan
el Franj, one of the many khans built by Fakhreddine ll during his reign to
accommodate merchants and goods.
Here as elsewhere the khan was traditionally a large rectangular courtyard with
a central fountain, surrounded by covered galleries.
Entrance to the khan is through a small postern cut in the nail-studded main
gate. Beyond is a cloistered court around which were the shops and dwelling
places for traders. The khan (from the Persian word for "inn") was the center of
economic activity for the city.
Later, in the 19th Century, Sidon's khan housed the French consulate, a school,
a convent, an inn and a small museum displaying local artifacts. The terrace
affords a clear view of the harbor and the Sea Castle.
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