Sabil Sulayman, designed in the form of an arched niche, is embedded into the southern wall of al-Mahmudiyya Mosque. The sabil is decorated with gray, pink and white marble panels, with marble pilasters, blind arches and Arabic inscriptions and framed by a wide stone arch.
The sabil was built in the beginning of the 19th century during the renovations of al-Mahmudiyya Mosque. While the mosque was reconstructed by the governor of Jaffa, Muhammad Abu-Nabbut, the sabil was built by Sulayman Pasha, Abu Nabbut's superior and governor of Acre.
Before the walls of Old Jaffa were dismantled, the sabil was situated in a walled area in front of the main gate to the city. It was a place where travelers could drink, wash their hands, faces and feet, rest from a long voyage or prepare for a forthcoming journey.
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