IN PICTURES: Discover the history behind Ibrahim Palace in eastern Saudi Arabia
An architectural masterpiece that was a Turkish military barracks in eastern Saudi Arabia and the main headquarters of the Ottoman garrison in Al-Ahsaa, Ibrahim palace in al-Hofuf has stood the test of time.
King Abdulaziz al-Saud entered the castle to announce the annexation of Al-Ahsa in 1331 Hijri. The center of the palace, which was built in 963 Hijri, is the Al-Qubba mosque. The facilities, the Ottoman prison, the weapons storehouse and the Turkish baths were built around it.
The Ibrahim Palace covers an area of 16,500 square meters. It combines both Islamic and military architecture as its huge building and its upper balconies give the effect of typical castles.
The palace is dominated by semi-circular arches and prominent Islamic domes in the palace and the mosque’s mihrab, which are widely used in Turkey. For the minaret, it is in the form of an obelisk which is prevailed in the Turkish forms, although it is made of wood.
The military style is represented in the huge towers surrounding the palace, as well as the barracks of the soldiers, which represent the east part of the palace and horse stables.
Photographer Mohammed Al-Fuhaid took photos for Al Arabiya, of the rectangular shape of the palace with a long wall and towers in its corners, sometimes at the middle parts.
The photos show the round-shaped towers in general which are adjoining with the wall. The walls have barricades with high protection barriers and tower ceilings also have high barriers. They are round shaped, like the wall barriers with openings for shooting fire, there are a variety of openings for observation purposes.
The palace lobby is considered one of the distinctive designs, it is an opening covered with a convex prominent part of the building, from which soldiers can look down the wall.