- This is the Old City's largest and most densely populated quarter and is an experience for all the senses, with nargila to smoke, souvenirs to haggle over in the never-ending alleys of the souk, and Islamic architecture to marvel at. Many of the buildings in this area stem from the Mamuluk period (13th to 16th century). Examples of this architecture are Khan al-Sultan on Bab al-Silsila Street, an inn for merchants that was built in 1386 and Madrasa al-Aghuniya on Bab al-Hadid Street, a religious learning centre built in 1358. This quarter stretches all the way from the Damascus Gate to the Temple Mount. Al Wad Road will take you from Damascus Gate to the Western Wall in the neighbouring Jewish Quarter. Souq Khan al-Zeit (also reached from the Damascus Gate) is the busiest shopping street in the Old City and runs between the Arab and Christian Quarters.
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