The Shubra Palace is located in the city of Taif in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, specifically on the Shubra Street which was named after that of the palace, and it is a huge palace built during the reign of Ali Abdullah bin Aoun Pasha in 1904 AD, and its construction continued for two consecutive years, and the palace was distinguished by its architectural character Between Islamic and Romen decoration, which made it distinct and of great appearance, as wood was used in decorating the ceilings and doors. Alabaster is used to ascend to the second floor, and The palace has several entrances made of ornate wood, the most important of which is the western entrance. As for the columns in it, they are painted in golden color, which made them acquire a modern modern character. The palace is surrounded by a large garden filled with dense trees, which makes the air fresh.
The uses of the Shubra Palace throughout history
Shubra Palace has been used throughout the ages for many uses, including:
- The palace was inhabited by King Abdulaziz Al Saud, at the beginning of Saudi rule, and he was managing state affairs from him throughout his stay there.
- The palace was transformed into an office by King Faisal bin Abdulaziz, during his tenure, and later became an office for the Prince and former Minister of Defense Sultan bin Abdulaziz.
- The palace was transformed into a museum of Islamic and Arab heritage during the reign of King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz, and was left under the supervision of the Saudi Ministry of Education and that was in the year 1407 for migration, and it was opened to receive visitors from inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1415 for migration.
Shubra Palace Museum
The museum contains many pottery and stone tools and rock inscriptions, as a way to give the visitor an overview of the history of the palace, and the most important archaeological artifacts in the museum are:
- Pottery and glass lamps, and household items that have been in it since the pre-Islamic era that preceded the Islamic period.
- Ancient weapons, the most important of which are spears, guns, pistols, shields, swords, and daggers, which show progress in the manufacture of weapons from one era to another.
- Collection of old coins and iron padlocks.
- Various perfumes, the most important of which are the sectarian rose perfume known as the city of Taif.
- A collection of jewelry such as gold and silver coins, precious stones and ancient rings, which have remained in it since ancient times.
- Old agricultural tools.
- Old rock panels with Arabic writing.