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Bab al-Maqam (Arabic: باب المقام‎) is one of the Gates of Aleppo. It was built by al-Aziz Muhammad in 1230 on the road that connected the Maqamat with the Citadel. It is unique in its planning and form. The design's innovative quality implies a monumental, ceremonial function rather than a military one. Yasser Tabbaa presents an argument that supports this hypotheses. He explains how this gate differs from nearly all other medieval Syrian gates in three very important respects: it has no defense towers; it has a straight instead of a bent axis; and it has three openings instead of one. Most of the gates built after this one were developed for defense reasons; one opening to control access, bent axes to prevent direct passage and two massive defense towers. Bab al-Maqam is the only tripartite gate built in the Ayyubid period. Though triumphal arches are a rare Islamic architecture type, Tabbaa points to the existence of several precedents such as Bab al-Maydan in Fustat, a brick arch at the foothill of Qal'at- al Bust and the Gate of Wine at the Alhambra palace. These precedents reinforce the possibility of Bab al-Maqam's ceremonial program both religious, a point of entry to pay homage to Abraham, and political, countering the Shi'i shrines (Mashhad al-Dikka and Mashhad al-Husayn) to the east[1].

Notes

  1. Tabbaa, Yasser, 1997, Constructions of Power and Piety in Medieval Aleppo, The Pennsylvania State University Press, pp. 21.

Coordinates: 36°11′31.5″N 37°9′37″E / 36.192083°N 37.16028°E / 36.192083; 37.16028

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