Al-Saraya al-'Atika
Jaffa, Israel
The stone building of the Old Saray, located on top of a hill, is the largest extant building in Old Jaffa. It was built in the 18th century on the remains of a crusader structure and was likely completed at the beginning of the 19th century by Muhammad Abu Nabbut as part of a large construction and renovation project in Jaffa.

The large building served as the government palace (saray) for the majority of the 19th century. The complex included, apart from the saray, a kishle (prison), a post office, a public hammam (bathhouse), and a small mosque. In the 1870's, the kishle was relocated in the northeast corner of the city, next to al-Mahmudiyya mosque. In 1897 the government seat itself was moved to a new building that was built just outside the walls, in front of the kishle.

After the construction of the monumental New Saray, the Old Saray was used as a factory, owned by the Damiani family, for the production of olive-oil soaps. After the 1948 War the building was used by several other factories until in 1961 when it was transformed into a museum for the Antiquities of Tel Aviv-Jaffa.


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Shari' Mifratz Shlomo, Jaffa, Israel
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