I always see it as I drive on King Fahad highway, when ever I visit friends in Mishref or Bayan but I never knew the story behind it, I’m talking about old Mishref Palace. A couple weeks back, myself and a friend were at the gas station nearby the palace so I said “I wonder what’s the story behind Mishref Palace and how it looks on the inside?”, then my friend was like “I know friends who got pictures if you like but I don’t know the story”.
I was so glad that there are pictures, though it took me several weeks to collect them.
The palace is currently known as Mishref Place but it’s real name is Sheikh Mubarak Al-Kabeer Palace, I was told that it was first built in 1900 as a castle, some claim that it used to be the oldest prison in Kuwait but I have my doubts about this because I can see from the pictures that the architectural design doesn’t resemble that one of a prison, plus there are many gates and entrances, windows, infact it does look like a palace.
There are numerous other stories (or should I say urban legends) about the palace and some even claims that they saw unknown smoke appear at night but nothing was ever confirmed, it all remains as ‘myths”.
The palace was totally restored later by Sheikh Abdullah Mubarak Al Sabah to be used as a guest house for presidents visiting Kuwait, it was one of finest palaces back then.
Judging from the photos, it seemed there was a nice reception area, many chambers, and big halls on three levels, I can also see that the palace had an A/C unit, guess it was the first to have it in Kuwait. Outside there was a swimming pool, car park, warehouses, and a mosque.
We can see that the place has a nice location and built on the top of the hill, I’m sad that palace is totally abandoned and extremely vandalized just like old Amiri Hospital. Question is; Why not renovate the palace and turn it into a museum so people can have touristic tours? It has a historical significance. I brought many photos for the palace inside and outside, hope you enjoy them.
Note: Please do not copy any of the photos without my consent.
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