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Atlas Obscura The Abandoned Royal Palace at Tel el-Ful

From its perch almost 3,000 feet above sea level, this abandoned building offers 360-degree views of the landscape below. It was meant to be a grand palace crowning Tel el-Ful, a hilltop long associated with the biblical Gibeah. But instead, it now exists as little more than a forgotten shell.

After the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, Jordan seized control of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, and Israel controlled West Jerusalem. Israel’s relocation of their president to West Jerusalem prompted the King of Jordan, Hussein bin Talal, to respond with his own material show of power.

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