Rauf Saraf House

Northern Elevation


built early 20th century


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Geographic Coordinates: 

Latitude: 35.555736833645
Longitude: 45.444881195728

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From the late Ottoman period, the house was owned by a retired general, Jamal Afandi. In 1955 the house was bought for 240 Iraqi Dinars by Rauf Mahammed Abdulrahman, more commonly known as Rauf Saraf, a money exchanger in Sulaymaniyah ("Saraf" is a Kurdish word meaning someone who exchanges money). The structure is made of red mudbricks, and beneath there is a natural spring. It was rebuilt in a more modern style in 1955, after a request from Rauf Saraf’s wife, Sabriyah Ahmed. This house is now property of the Governorate of Sulaymaniyah and used as the seat of the Directorate of Antiquities.



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Image Source: 

Photography by the Media Center for Art History, Department of Art History & Archaeology, Columbia University

Image Date: 

March 2017