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Sabil Bab Hitta (Arabic: سبيل باب حطة)

Sabil Bab Hitta

It's also known as Sabil 'Ali Effendi Jar Allah -سبيل أفندي علي جار الله.

It's called Sabil Bab Hitta because it's located as a cavity in the eastern wall of Bab Hitta, also situated to the left of the stairs leading to the washroom of Bab Hitta . It's construction was during the Ottoman period.

It's a small fountain with pointed arch that covers the Sabil's basin and above the arch there are horse's teeth decoration which characterizes the Ottoman buildings.

Dr. Haithem Al-Ratrout states "The slightly pointed arch is widely employed by Umayyad buildings such as the Umayyad Great Mosque of Damascus (c. 705-715 AD), Qusayr ‘Amrah in Jordan (c. 712-715 AD),Hammām al-Sarkh in Jordan (c. 725-730 AD), Qasr al-Hayr in Syria (c. 728/9 AD), Mafjar near Jericho (c. 739-743), Mushattā in Jordan (c. 744 AD) and Qasr al-Tūbah in Jordan (c. 744 AD)"

'Ali Jar Allah son of the Mufti of Al-Quds donated the Sabil in the year 1060 AH/ 1650 CE since there were many properties belonging to his family between Bab Hitta and Bab Sharaf al-Ambiya - باب شرف الأنبياء (Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Al-Mubarak by Muhammad Hashim Ghushah), hence the reason it was also known as Sabil 'Ali Effendi Jar Allah.

It was finally repaired by Al-Aqsa foundation for the reconstruction of Islamic Holy sites during it's recent construction of the nearby lavatory unit and was rendered ineffective permanently after that.

Sabil Bab Hitta


.THE ARCHITECTURAL DEVELOPMENT Of AL-AQSA MOSQUE IN ISLAMIC JERUSALEM In The Early Islamic Period, Sacred Architecture in the Shape of ‘The Holy’(2004) by Dr. Haithem Fathi Al-Ratrout p561

.Al-Masjid Al-Aqsa Al-Mubarak by Muhammad Hashim Ghushah (2014) p187.