A Medieval Hospital in Damascus

by Marcus Milwright | Talking about art

Why might a medieval patron choose to place so much decoration on a place meant for healing the sick? This talk looks at one of the most famous hospitals of the medieval Islamic world, and considers the combination of contemporary geometric decoration and reused ancient objects that appear on its walls.

Fa├žade & inscribed marble plaque from the hospital (maristan) of Nur al-Din, Damascus, 1154