Balkuwara

 
Catalogue
Early Islamic Gardens of Greater Syria
City
Samarra
Country
Iraq
Dates
849/859 13th/14th century
Authors
Antonio Almagro;
D. Fairchild Ruggles

Description

Built for the Abbasid prince al-Mu‘tazz (r. 866–869) during the reign of his father al-Mutawakkil, between 849 and 859, this huge palace (1,171 m on each side) stands at the southern end of the Abbasid palatine city of Samarra on the shore of the Tigris. It contained numerous halls and four large courtyards that had water systems and were probably gardened.

Samarra and its palaces slid into decline after 903 when the Abbasids turned their attention elsewhere. The gardens surely were neglected from that point onward. The last dated archaeological evidence at Samarra is from the thirteenth or fourteenth century.

 

Source

  • Archaeological Analysis, 1911
Catalogue
Early Islamic Gardens of Greater Syria
City
Samarra
Country
Iraq
Dates
849/859 13th/14th century
Authors
Antonio Almagro;
D. Fairchild Ruggles