In the Asir region, a place called the Al-Maqar palace is an architectural marvel. It is a tall and beautiful building that stands erupt in the city. By looking at it one feels that a fictional palace has come to life from some kind of a fantasy book.
The palace is enlightened with lights due to which it beautifully glows like a star. The Asir region is a very cold region so it adds a dreamy view when the cold fog looms around the entire castle.
It took 35 years to construct Al-Maqar Palace in Namas
For the construction of this palace, it took 35 years to build and more than two million natural stones were used for this purpose. All these natural stones were taken from the mountains of the Asir region.
After the visitors admire the beauty of the exterior of the palace then they can enjoy the interior also. It was built by a citizen who was very inspired by the Andalusian palaces. He collected many of the Islamic artifacts belonging to the Abbasid, Umayyad, and Ottoman periods.
The route to Al-Maqar Palace
The places like Al-Maqar palace is really a fascinating and mesmerizing place for many, as it not only offers an architectural splendor to view but the presence of thousands of Islamic artifacts and manuscripts on different fields of study is an added advantage.
The second name of the palace is the Palace of Islamic Civilization. The route to Al-Maqar palace is full of adventures especially if you are coming from Qunfudah side and taking route 2201. It took me 45 minutes to drive 8 Km to reach to the palace.
16 million Islamic decorations in Al-Maqar Palace
For many people visiting this place, it seems to be more of a private collection than a museum. There are more than 16 million Islamic decorations in the palace.
Among the many attractions that are the highlights of this museum, the presence of the first record of the hand-written manuscript is a prominent one and a source of fascination for many. In addition, there is an availability of a few thousand manuscripts to view also. The visitors can also find many Islamic manuscripts on medicines, astronomy, and mathematics.
All these Islamic artifacts and collections are made by Mohammed Al-Maqar Al-Shehri. He traveled all around the world to make these collections and made efforts to find these pieces to add to his collections.
The Museum of the Al-Maqar Palace
The museum is unique in many ways as the attention given to the details is simply outstanding. In the building, every floor is dedicated to a separate era and all the artifacts that are displayed on that specific floor belong to that era.
This palace due to these factors it has can be called a rare Saudi landmark that is present in the 21st century.
For the Arabic and Islamic history lovers, this museum is a great place to visit as it opens many windows in the Islamic and Arabic history and take them on a journey back in history. One can find much on both these topics at one place.
The museum has not gained much popularity and recognition as compared to the things, knowledge, and scenes that it is offering to its visitors.
Al-Maqar Palace has 20 Gates
The visitors can enter the palace from 20 places. The building has a very interesting structure with overall seven domes each representing the continents of the world. It stands on 365 columns each of which represents each day of the year.
Source: Arab News