What are the characteristics of Wekala architecture? eg: layout of floorplan, materials used, facades, purpose location period, etc. Detailed descriptions are very much appreciated!
Thanks in advance!
regarding the wekala, the wekala is a structure dedicated to store goods and sell them, and according to this point, and according to the base which says the shape follows the function, so the plan of the wekala will be included "shops"(hawaneet) in the facade and one or more portal takes you inside the building, and these portals mostly be existed in the middle of the facades..., you entered the building found yourself in a corridor or vestibule leads you to the open court surrounded by storerooms, and as far as my knowledge goes, the sahn(open court) mostly be lesser in height than the sides, this to ease the process of downloading the goods from the backs of the beasts...., and as for the higher floors, could be accessed by staircases existed in the corners of the facades from the inside.
for examples: wekala of Sultan kaytbay in cairo (returned to the end of the 15th cent.)...and the wekala of abd il-baki jorbagi in alexanderia (18th cent.).
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maryam, Wekala sounds like the Han or Caravanseri of Asia?
Frank John Snelling
yes, it is quite like the khan and caravansarai but somehow they are different? i want to know how because they sound the same to me but i don't know...
the khan differs from the wekala in just one thing, it is the lack of the shops from the facade. then all the things i mentioned in the wekala are existent.