Restored Mamluk dishes in typical colors and patterns represent
the wide variety of glazed and unglazed domestic wares in use at the time (AUB-British
excavations). Pottery kilns were also found in the Souks area ( Lebanese University
excavations 1994-1995 )
Built in 1517 by the respected Islamic religious authority
Muhamed Ibn 'Iraq al-Dimashqi, the building was initially an Islamic law school and
continued as the Zawiya of Ib 'Iraq until late Ottoman times. It will be restored as part
of the future Souks area.