Al Faw Palace
Most of the so-called “palaces” are government buildings. You know, offices. The Ministries of Finance and Health are in “palaces,” as are the US Embassy and the Army HQ. I think it’s mostly a status designation more than anything. Some of these are truly awe inspiring from the outside, but, like everything else here, they are mostly rotten on the inside. The workmanship is horrible, and in some instances I am amazed that the buildings are even standing. The Al Faw Palace is over on Camp Victory. It’s our headquarters, and is still quite grand on the inside. They have partitioned much of it, but the central court has been refurbished and looks like the inside of something from a fairy tale. The Iraqi Ground Forces Headquarters (their equivalent of a Pentagon) is small by comparison. I wonder if that fact could be taken as a comment on the war as a whole.
Al Faw exterior