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Coffee Garden, Abana River
Coffee Garden, Abana River [Graphic]
St. Louis, 1894.
Bain, Robert E. M
Coffee Garden
Object Details:
1 photograph : b&w ; 25.4 x 17.5 cm ( 10 x 6.875 in).
Photograph is in a book with a description beneath ; printed description: "(II. Chronicles, xvi:2.)--'Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Lord and of the king's house, and sent to Ben-hadad, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus.' One of the things that will strike any traveler at Damascus is the great number of coffee gardens, which are found in different portions of the city. These gardens upon some one of their sides usually front the Abana river. The natives gather here to smoke the nargileh pipe or cigarette and to drink black coffee. These gardens are filled with large trees and adorned by beautiful flowering shrubs. Rose bushes grow in all of them, and roses are taken from these gardens with which to make the famous attar of roses. During the night, when the gardens are illuminated, they look as if they might be scenes of the Arabian Nights. The great charm of Damascus is its abundant supply of water."
Abana River, bridge, coffee garden (chairs stacked outside) and roof-top balcony/porch
CAJS Image Collection LVii BAI 5555 LVii281CAJS
The Lenkin Family Collection of Photography, University of Pennsylvania Libraries