Palace of Be’al Geubri

Yeah, Ethiopia


The Disappointed Tourist: Palace of Be’al Geubri , Ellen Harvey, 2023. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 18 x 24″ (46 x 61 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

 It shouldn’t be forgotten. Anon.

The Palace of Be’al Geubri (Grat Be’al Geubri) was built in the 8th century BC in Yeah, the first capital city of Ethiopia. It was a multi-storey palace, constructed in wood-stone architecture. It is the largest known timber-framed building in East Africa and South Arabia and the oldest example south of the Sahara. It originally measured at least 27 meter high with five floors on a squared ground plan of about 60 x 60 m. The current ruins of the palace consist of the portico and two sets of square pillars and are located about 200 m to the north east of the remains of the Great Temple. The painting is based on a reconstruction of the palace by M. Schnelle.