The Ottoman Saraya: All That Did Not Remain

Khaldun Bshara
Palestine studies

This essay sheds light on “all that did not remain” of the physical structures of regional government headquarters from the mid- and the late Ottoman era in Palestine, including the destroyed saraya of Bethlehem, Jaffa, and Haifa. The essay poses a methodological question about studying architecture that is missing from the landscape and talking about events that are missing from historical records, and suggests that indirect entry points, such as early photography, can be of great help. 

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