Hosh Al Syrian

Hosh Al Syrian

Located a few meters away from the Nativity Church, Hosh Al Syrian, or the Syriac Quarter, dates back to the period between the 17th and 20th centuries. The Syriacs came to Bethlehem in the middle of the 19th century as immigrants and refugees, and around 20 families out of 400 settled in the Hosh.

However, due to the political unrest in Palestine and the devastating economic situation, more than half of the Syriac families left the country, among them inhabitants of the Hosh, leaving only five families living in it. The Hosh is distinguished by its courtyards that are adjoined with narrow corridors, and separate rooms, of which many were built in the shape of caves, as well as stairwells and arches, which reflect the architectural building style of Bethlehem during that period. During the excavation works, many rooms were discovered underground, and more rooms were discovered further under. To preserve its architectural structure and cultural heritage, the Hosh was renovated and set up for adaptive reuse as a guesthouse, with an aim to revitalize its history and cultural heritage, as well as enhance the frequency of tourists to the Old City. Today, Hosh Al Syrian is home to one of the most beautiful boutique hotels in the area, containing 12 sharply appointed rooms and a breathtaking view of the Old City.

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