Sahoud Palace: Guardian of northern Al-Ahsa
قصر صاهود الذي اكتسب مسماه من مدفعه وتاريخه العريق
17 JAN 2021
Source: Khuloud Al-Saleh
Historically, forts served as an important way to protect the strategic eastern region of Al-Ahsa. In the late seventh century, Sahoud Palace was built by the princes of Bani Khalid to guard the land north of Al-Mubarraz, the area’s second-largest city. The palace was named after its large eponymous cannon and covers an estimated 17,050 square meters. It is located on a high rectangular hill around 60 meters in length and 90 meters in width.
Sahoud palace is considered one of the most important archaeological monuments in Al-Ahsa that emphasizes the region’s rich history. It has witnessed many historic events and was built with local materials such as mud brick and straw.
This strong fortress is characterized by its thick interior and exterior walls, winding staircases, seven beautifully designed circular towers, multiple rooms and stone ceilings supported by palm trunks. In addition, its main gate was provided with niches enabling defenders to easily fire at their enemies.
Because of its historical significance and unique architecture, the Ministry of Tourism announced a project to restore the palace and its mosque.