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Saturday, June 17

Do You Know?

Do you know that large old gates which have small door inside, like in the picture above are called “Bab Khokha”? The funny thing is; the word “Khokha” has a different meaning in Arabic which has nothing to do with doors, it is (plum)! Weird, isn’t it?


  • Nice bike:)

    By Anonymous Anas Akkawi, at 17/6/06 12:28 AM  

  • Maybe cuz its tiny and small As Khokh :)

    By Blogger Soraya, at 17/6/06 5:06 AM  

  • Intersting ... I just can't grasp the context! The "plum-gate" ... am I missing something here?
    The hexagons of this beautiful gate do resemble honeycombs ...
    Thanks for sharing Ghalia!!

    By Blogger I love Munich, at 17/6/06 9:27 AM  

  • Once i attended a rock concert behind that gate...and i had to go throw that "khokha".
    behind that gate u'll find a wide hall with a lake at the middle.
    there's another floor, where the bedrooms located. and u can see the whole hall from the second floor...
    that was 5 years ago...
    and it was a great concert...

    By Blogger AhmadK, at 17/6/06 11:47 AM  

  • Soraya, But why Khokha in particular!?

    Karin, Yes exactly, that's the name, you are not missing anything! you got it all.

    Ahmad, bingo, it's Khan Asab Pasha al-Azm; http://cocktail4.blogspot.com/2005/08/sheraton-of-old-times.html

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 17/6/06 12:04 PM  

  • LOOL! KHoKha!!

    By Blogger Abed. Hamdan, at 19/6/06 12:31 AM  

  • really nice information to know..go on..

    By Blogger zakawi, at 19/6/06 5:23 PM  

  • I wonder if it's "khokha" because the small door is like a seed to the big gate. It must be my imagination :-)

    By Blogger GottfriedStutz, at 22/6/06 12:38 PM  

  • To what bldg does it belong to?

    By Anonymous Ohoud, at 22/6/06 8:19 PM  

  • According to history, the door was actually called bab el kanissa..only later was it renamed bab el khokh..so maybe it has more to do with churches than fruit :)

    By Blogger vayaconsatan, at 23/6/06 2:31 AM  

  • that's interesting!
    by the way it was nice to see you fianlly... :)

    By Blogger Zaid Faham, at 23/6/06 2:59 PM  

  • i never knew before about this kohka thing....thx for the info...amazing pic ...

    By Blogger Haider Droubi, at 24/6/06 11:07 PM  

  • Maybe some merchants used to sell plums under one of these gates and the name stuck?

    By Anonymous Mark G, at 26/6/06 11:47 PM  

  • Couldn't help but comment, even though late. In Northern Jordan (Houran), these doors are called Kho-way-khah. Go figure!

    By Anonymous Salman, at 11/12/06 6:12 AM  

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