The Lady Tonsok Palace Facade

The Lady Tonsok Palace Facade

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Lady Tonsok, daughter of Abdullah al-Muthaffariyye, was the wife of the Mameluke ruler Muthaffar al-Din. The lady dedicated the building at the end of the 14th-century to a Sufi order, a group of Muslim mystics, but continued to live in the palace until she died. She was buried in the tomb chamber across from the palace.

In the 16th-century Mameluke Jerusalem was conquered by the Ottoman army, which was armed with guns and cannons.

Under Ottoman rule Jerusalem became a frontier town at the edge of the Ottoman Empire, but the Temple Mount remained a major religious center. During this time the building was occupied by Hasseki Sultana, the most beloved of the wives of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, the builder of the walls around the city of Jerusalem. She was known for her charitable works and established a soup kitchen to feed poor and needy Muslims.

During the later Ottoman Period this became the site of the sar’iyye, the government building, which housed the local government and police force. Today the building is used as a vocational school.

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  • Amir A.
    Amir A.
    September 7, 2021

    A hidden gem? Hidden, yes; few visitors to the Old City know of the palace's existence, because it is not on the Via Dolorosa trail. Gem, arguably; the exterior is uniquely beautiful but tragically neglected.

  • Ernest Hunko
    Ernest Hunko
    August 24, 2021

    I am sorry for this building

  • Lev Vilensky
    Lev Vilensky
    January 31, 2018

    Lady Tonshuk's Palace is a dilapidated 14th-century building, once magnificent, now dilapidated. Mameluke architecture is beautiful, the current Arab owner is terrible.

  • Carbo Kuo (BYVoid)
    Carbo Kuo (BYVoid)
    December 20, 2018

    The Central Asian-style buildings brought by the Mamluks are unfortunately basically not open to the public now. Only the school next to it can be seen a little bit.

  • Om ahmad Moghrabi
    Om ahmad Moghrabi
    August 31, 2023

    Wonderful history and culture

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