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Old Bayan Palace - the forgotten monument
September 13, 2018, 1:04 pm

When hearing the name 'Bayan Palace', we all imagine the prestigious palace built in the era of late Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah in Bayan area. However, the current palace derived its name from another older place also named 'Bayan Palace', built by former ruler Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in 1931. The palace was given the name Bayan Palace since it was located on a higher land, overlooking its surrounding area. Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber used the place as a getaway during springtime. According to 'Kuwait's letter' book, written by Ayoub Hussein and published by Center For Research And Studies On Kuwait, the palace consisted of three sections. 

The first includes the diwan or council, mosque, maids' rooms, room of the Amir's secretary and the children's rooms that were occupied by sheikh Jaber Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and current Amir His Highness Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. The second section includes the rooms of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber and his sister Sheikha Mariam Al-Jaber and the kitchen, while the third was for the guards' residences. As for the palace's location, the book noted that it was south of Hawally area, which was then visited by Kuwaitis in spring time. It added that the palace overlooks all of Hawally's houses and surrounding lands. The number of Hawally residents only increased after the palace was built, writer Hussein said. He added that people used to go to the palace's mosque for Friday prayer. The author noted that the palace was abandoned after the death of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber in 1950 and it was taken down by 1960 to be replaced by Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital.

Source: KUNA

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