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Southern “Entrance”
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View looking west at the southern “entrance” to the Tobiad palace Qasr al–Abd.  The two stone columns mark the “entrance,” but actually it is a false “entrance” with no doors.  Evidently it was designed to give balance to the real north entrance of the building—although behind the columns there are three windows that allow light into the building from the south.  This southern wall is 62 ft. [19 m.] long.

Note the massive stones that are clearly visible in the southeast corner of the building (center of image).  To the right of center, in the shade, two of the seven windows of the east side of the building are visible.

Above the molding outlines of carved lions are visible.  The standing columns outlined windows on the upper floor of the palace.

This image courtesy of Mark Connally.