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Al Qaysariyya Market / Gold Market

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Al Darraj Quarter, Old City, Gaza

The Gold Market is all that remains of what was once a large covered souq filled with tradesman specializing in different areas. The market was originally constructed in 1476AD, during the late Mamluk period, by the Sheikh Shams Al Din Al Himsi. Much of the larger market was destroyed by British bombardment during the First World War, but the Gold Market remains. Small shops line both sides of the street, which is covered with a vaulted roof.

The Market is still a very popular place to deal in gold and currency, and has been for centuries. Many engaged couples still come here to pick out gold jewelry from the many shops. The market sits along the southern wall of the Al Omari Mosque and runs the length of about 60 meters.

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