Situated on the ridge above the ancient village of Shimal, the medieval Queen of Sheeba’s Palace is an ancient palace dating back to the Julfar period from the 13th to 16th centuries AD. It’s thought that the palace was the residence of the ruler of Julfar, once the most famous and prospering trading town in the lower Gulf area. The title refers to the famous queen mentioned in the Q’uran, who is said to have ruled the Kingdom of Marib in Yemen around 1000 BC. The attachment of her name to the site is developed from local folklore and has no historical or archaeological significance.
The palace overlooks Shimal, an ideal outpost for defence and a cooler climate. An extensive architectural survey conducted by German specialists revealed an impressive roofed cistern. They also restored the water reservoir.
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