Governors during the Ottoman era
During the Ottoman rule in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the central highlands of Palestine were divided into 24 administrative domains (sheikdoms). These sheikdoms were ruled by sheiks who belonged to rich or "noble" families. It is where these sheiks and their families resided that we find "the throne villages".
The sheikh, who was endowed with both political and social status, was the tax collector on behalf of the Ottoman central government. As a result, sheiks gained tremendous power and wealth, which was reflected in their lifestyles and the architecture of their respective palaces and villages.
In this tour, we will visit 6 villages located nowadays in Ramallah and Nablus districts.
Visit four villages that were throne villages in Palestine during the 17-19th centuries
1. Ras Karkar - Al Samhan Palace
2. Nilin - Al Khawaja Castle
3. Der Ghassaneh - Saleh Barghouthi Castle
4. Ebouin - Al Suhwail
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Qalandia Checkpoint North of Jerusalem
End Point Options: Suggested by Guide: Qalandia Checkpoint North of Jerusalem
Duration: 8 hours
Depends on the number of visitors:
- Guiding Services
Estimated Local Cash Needed
No cash is needed for this tour
- Personal Expenses
- Food, Drinks, Snacks
I cannot guide in Israel, including Jerusalem.