|M.Sc Student||Korah Giladi|
|Subject||The Wrban Khan in the Ottoman Period in Reiation to Accd:|
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Dr. Jonatan Mintzker|
|Professor Emeritus Herbert Gilbert (Deceased)|
Until the beginning of this century, the Khan institution played a major role in the commercial world of the Moslems and its development was affected by the trading methods and capacity. The Khan’s importance was reflected through the impact it made on the structure of the commercial zones of the city.
The urban Khans no longer function, but they occupy large areas in the commercial zones of the extinct Ottoman towns, and gather trash. At the same time, they still form a dominant part of the urban texture, enrich the urban experience and take part in constituting the urban image. Such is the case of Acre.
This thesis outlines an analytical framework for planners, in order to determine the status and nature of the urban Khan, in its historical context.
In this work the Khan as an institution is described, from its origins, by its roles and their influence on the Khan’s main, typical components In order to create architectural tools for handling Khans, the general structural principles of Khans were examined. Those principles were analyzed by the Khan’s urban context on the one hand, and by the building elements on the other.
The conclusion, after applying the above mentioned tools on Acre’s Khans, is that those Khans are different in their architectural nature from each other.