The photographs taken inside and outside The Aqquad House, a small oriental mansion in Damascus, tell a fantastic little story about the house and the surrounding society. The book is beatifully illustrated by the Danish photographer Jens Lindhe. English, Year2003, Illust. B/W2, Illust. Color, Hardbound, In As New Condition, Bibl. Pages 64, Dimensions: 9.7 x 6.8 x 0.4 inches. Weight: 12.2 ounces Book Description The Danish Institute of Science and Culture lives in a small oriental palace: Aqqad-house - in Arabic: Bayt al-'Aqqad. The name is due to the last great family that lived here. The Aqqad family was wool merchants and textile manufacturers until the middle of 1900-century, when they gave up and decay began. The house is raised from ruins and stands in all its splendor with 2,000 years of history hidden in the walls. Such an oriental palace only exists when you are in it, otherwise it is almost non-existent. You cannot go around it, the house owner cannot stand from a distance and like another lord include its wealth with satisfaction and pride that it envisions. Because it does not. Bayt al-'Aqqad does not like western houses become larger and larger as the distance to it decreases. No, while you work through the suq's maze, it is not, but then suddenly, at a stroke, it is in front of you as a gift from the sky, with opening courtyards, fountains, marble and sheltering trees. In October 1997 the Foundation received the key to the ruin. Foreigners cannot own property in the old Damascus, so the constellation is legally complicated: first, the Syrian government expropriated the house, and then provided the Institute a contract for half a century in exchange for the refurbishment of the house. There have been a number of experts, craftsmen, architects, conservators, archaeologists involved in the small oriental palace's rebirth. It's all done with respect for the old house, its form and history. The old city of Damascus with Bayt al-'Aqqad is now on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Danish Institute in Damascus is home to one of the world's most beautiful houses. The book is richly illustrated with color photographs of architecture photographer Jens Lindhe. Editor of Politiken newspaper, Bjรธrn Bredal, and restoration architect Bente Lange, who was responsible for the building restoration, have each written an essay about the house and its history.