Baghdad Heritage Site: Khan Marjan

Khan Marjan, founded in 1358 by Wali Amin al-Din Mirjan, stands as one of Baghdad’s oldest khans, embodying a rich tradition of hospitality and commerce. Serving as a hub for social and economic activity, it provided a secure overnight stay for travelers crossing the region. This historic establishment not only offered shelter but also facilitated trade and cultural exchange, contributing to the vibrant city of Baghdad.

Main entrance of Khan Marjan

The building is made of wood and bricks with arched windows showing the essence of the Middle Eastern world. The doors of the building have a very creative and distinctive touch through its geometrical shapes and brick carvings around them. The entrance of Khan Marjan gives a prestigious welcoming to its visitors through the thousands year old Islamic architecture influenced by Iranian, Mesopotamian, Byzantine, and Roman art. The main entrance of the building presents the name Khan Marjan above the door in Arabic calligraphy.

Khan Marjan’s Arabic calligraphy above the main entrance door

Due to climate change and water damage, Khan Marjan is at risk of destruction. However, ALIPH, the international alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas, is suggesting a project to work on the maintenance of the building in order to restore it into a library and center for archaeologists and heritage experts, ensuring its continued relevance and safeguarding its rich history for generations to come.

Windows of the heritage site with evidence of damage due to water
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