Architecture in Palestine

  • Shadi Sami Ghadban
Reference work entry

When talking about traditional architecture in this area of the Middle East, it is more correct to identify this architecture by the term “Palestinian Architecture” rather than by “Architecture in Palestine.” The second term refers to all architectural styles found in Palestine throughout the different historical periods, from Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, Crusades, Mamluk, Ottoman, and the British Mandate until today. These architectural styles were mainly popular in major cities like Jerusalem, Jaffa, Acre, and Nablus. In addition, these styles were commonly related to the architecture of the economic and political elite and the urban notables.

On the other hand, the first term “Palestinian Architecture” reflects what is known as “architecture without architects,” which has flourished for several centuries in urban and rural areas. It maintained its characteristics until World War I because of the social, economic, and religious factors that reflected the...
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