Qasr Al-Mshata – a digital reconstruction. It must have been the Umayyad caliph al-Walid II (743-744) who, during his short reign, commissioned the building of a palace in the Jordanian desert, south-east of the modern capital, Amman. It was never completed, however, and it was not rediscovered until the nineteenth century. Offered as a gift to the German Kaiser by the Ottoman Sultan, a substantial part of the façade has since 1903 been in the keeping of the Museum of Islamic Art.


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