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al-Kaf Palace

al-Kaf Palace


Tarim has several palaces built in the style known locally as ‘Javanese Baroque’ . Many Hahdhramis emigrated to South-East Asia where they made their fortunes before coming back to the Hadhramawt to build large palaces for themselves. Sadly many are in decay as under the Communists, the land of wealthy families was seized and they themselves fled to Saudi Arabia and other neighboring countries. Although much of their land has been returned to them since reunification, palaces were sometimes kept by the State as museums as this house now is. Funds are not always readily available for the restoration needed.