Qasr Ibrahim

Qasr Ibrahim (Ibrahim Palace) is a historical castle and fort located in Hofuf, Al-Hasa, Eastern Province, Saudi Arabia. Ibrahim palace is the main architectural heritage from the Ottoman period of Al-Hofuf [1] that was a Turkish military barracks [2].

Old photograph of Ibrahim Palace


It was built in 1556 by Ali Ibn Ahmed Ibn Lawand Al-Burayki, the Ottoman governor of the time. The castle was renovated in 1801 by the Saudi governor Ibrahim Ibn ‘Ufaysan. Several historians believe that the castle was named after him [3].


It is considered as one of the major architectural masterpieces in Alhasa and it combines Islamic and military architecture [2] [3].


In 2018, Al-ahsa oasis became the fifth Saudi site to be registered on the UNESCO world heritage [4]. Ibrahim palace is one of 12 sites that were designated as world heritage site within alhasa [2].


  1. ^ "Al-Ahsa Oasis (Saudi Arabia) No 1563".
  2. ^ a b c "IN PICTURES: Discover the history behind Ibrahim Palace in eastern Saudi Arabia". Retrieved 2019-10-26.
  3. ^ a b Cetin, M (2010). "Cultural versus material: conservation issues regarding earth architecture in Saudi Arabia: the case of an Ottoman fort, Ibrahim Palace in Al-Houfuf". International Journal of Civil & Environmental Engineering.
  4. ^ "UNESCO: Al-Ahsa Oasis is a unique heritage landscape and an exceptional example of interaction between humans and the surrounding environment". Retrieved 2019-10-26.

Coordinates: 25°22′44″N 49°35′12″E / 25.3789°N 49.5868°E / 25.3789; 49.5868