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King Abdullah I Palace

The King Abdullah I Palace, built in 1908, was originally an administrative building of the Maan Railway Station. Prince Abdullah had used this building in 1920 when he came to the region as deputy of his brother, King Faisal I of Syria, following the Maysaloun Battle, a deadly engagement between Arab and French colonial forces for control of Damascus. This structure became Prince Abdullah's headquarters, called the National Defence Centre, from which he launched the project to secure Jordan's statehood that took him to Amman in March 1921. Today, the Maan site is being developed as the Palace of the Founding King, to serve as a national museum that relays a crucial part of Jordan's history, from the Great Arab Revolt to the founding of Jordan as a state.