This turba was originally founded in 644/1246 after the death of Baraka Khan (al-Amir Husam al-Din Barka Khan) as a tomb for him and his sons. In the present building, no less than five different phases of construction are discernible; of these, two are Mamluk and one is Ottoman. One of the two Mamluk phases is datable between 663/1265 and 679/1280, and the other is dated by inscription 792/1390 when it was renovated and extended by Mohammad ibn Ahmad al-Ala'i. The full extent of these constructions is unknown, for only the facade of Tariq Bab al-Silsila survives. In 1900, the building was converted into a library named Khalidi Library (al-Maktaba al-Khalidyya).


The building is comprised of three distinct components: a small vaulted chamber in the south east corner of the complex, a room at the west end of the complex used as a Maktaba (library), and between these two, a courtyard with the tomb in it.


Link to Glossary of Islamic Architecture



Burgoyne, M. H.,  Mamluk Jerusalem, An Architectural Study, The British School of Archaeology in Jerusalem, (1987). pp. 109-116.

Najm, R., Kunuz al-Quds, Amman (1983). pp.137-138.