Dahlawi Palace: A Hijazi architectural masterpiece
قصر الدهلوي التحفة العمرانية الحجازية في الطائف
07 JUL 2020
Source: Abeer Al-Amoudi
Taif has a wealth of historical buildings, particularly Dahlawi Palace that is located in Qarwah district on Al-Tarmithi Street. The palace was designed by creative architects many years ago and was home to the late Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal and King Fahd over the summer periods.
Built by Abdullah Al-Dahlawi and his brother in 1315 AH, the palace consists of three floors incorporating an elegant Ottoman design and dominated by distinctive Hijazi Islamic adornments on the columns, arches, stone and marble frames, balconies and 150-odd windows.
The palace is surrounded by trees, fruit plants, and roses in its courtyard, making it a charming place that attracts visitors. There are three bureaus or diwans in the palace; the main bureau is located in the south of the palace while the other two are far from other facilities and connected to a large courtyard.
Dahlawi Palace was built using many materials, including local stone, clay, marble, and juniper wood. The palace ceilings are distinguished by their engraved wooden formations carved from juniper. There are 35 rooms of varying sizes, while the restrooms are built in a Turkish style and uses hot steam.
The palace was inhabited by many important figures including Abdullah Abdul Rashid Al-Dahlawi, who welcomed the Kingdom’s founder, King Abdulaziz, when he came to Makkah and headed to Taif. King Fahd also visited when King Abdulaziz was in Taif in the summer recovering from an illness. The palace was inhabited by one of King Abdulaziz’s wives, while Prince Abdullah Al-Faisal and some of his children also lived there.