The Heritage Authority clarified that on Sunday afternoon, a partial collapse occurred in one of the sides of the western tower of the historic Sahoud Palace, located in the Al Hazm neighborhood in the city of Mubarraz in the Al-Ahsa governorate, without causing any injuries or damage. The authority indicated that a team from the authority’s branch in Al-Ahsa governorate immediately began protection and remediation work for the damaged parts of the site, in coordination with the concerned authorities in the governorate, stressing that work is currently underway on the project to re-establish the site, and complete the existing maintenance and restoration works, within the framework of A number of projects implemented by the Commission to protect and rehabilitate a number of urban heritage sites in various regions of the Kingdom. The authority indicated that all the buildings of cultural heritage sites that it owns will be subject to insurance in order to ensure their preservation, stressing its keenness to protect and activate all cultural heritage sites in the Kingdom, and to provide all requirements for their maintenance and sustainability, based on its responsibilities towards serving the national heritage, in all its material forms. and immaterial.
– Location: Al-Hazm district, downtown Al-Mubarraz
– A pamphlet on “Sahoud Palace” dates its existence “to seven centuries, specifically in the late seventh century, in the early era of the princes of Bani Khalid.”
– The palace was closed by the Antiquities Unit in Al-Ahsa and it was forbidden to visit the palace, fearing for the safety of visitors from the fall of some parts of the building, especially after the erosion of some buildings due to rain and wind.
The palace was restored and parts of its walls and fallen buildings were restored, according to the narration of the historian Abdul Rahman bin Othman Al Mulla, in his book “History of Hajar” that “Sahoud Palace was established by Imam Saud bin Abdulaziz bin Muhammad, in the second decade of the thirteenth century AH.”
The name of the palace goes back to “a great cannon that was erected inside the palace buildings, called “Sahoud”.
The purpose of building the “Sahoud Palace” was to defend the city of Mubarraz from external raids.
In 1891, the palace was turned into a police station, after the Ottomans captured Al-Ahsa for the second time.
“Sahoud Palace” is built on a hill higher than its surroundings, in a rectangular shape. It contains 6 circular towers and a seventh rectangular shape.