The Palace buildings
From the main entrance of the palace, one may walk through a 50 m pathway up to the main courtyard or ‘Dar al-Birka’ named after the canal of fresh running water and the small pond surrounded by imposing cypress trees.
The palace buildings which serve as private living quarters, public reception areas and service buildings surround the courtyard. The most ancient of these buildings were erected on ruins dating back to the 16th century, while the most recent ones were built at the mid of the 19th century.
The total built area is 10,000 m² enclosed within a land area of 50,000 m².