Samarra – Pasar Sate
& Wine celebrates the glorious era of the beautiful
ancient city of Samarra, by the River of Tigris, approximately
125kms from Baghdad.
In 833 AD, Caliph Al-Mu'tasim built a beautiful
palace known as Jawsaq Al-Khaqani, occupying an area of
160 hectares. Three years after, the capital of Abbasid
Caliphate was moved from Baghdad to the new city of Samarra
by the Caliph. In 848, the capital of Samarra had a population
of 300,000 inhabitants, whereas Paris at that time only
had 30,000 as a comparison.
In 847, Caliph Al-Mutawakkil built the
Great Mosque of Samarra with its 55-meter high spiral minaret
or malwiyah. The mosque was inspired by spiral buildings
of the Babylonian times (Babylonian Ziggurats). This Caliph
also laid out parks and a beautiful palace known as Balkuwara,
on the right bank of the Tigris River. This palace, although
smaller than Caliph Al-Mu’tasim’s palace, is
also as dramatic, occupying an area of 36 hectares, and
surrounded by a wall 2.5 kilometers long.
The two palaces of Samarra during this 9th century are lavishly
appointed with camel barns, underground caves to store piles
of treasures, arms, as well as plush banquet halls and living
A smaller palace, Qasr Al-Banat, was also built,
known as the Palace of Daughters, guarded and served by women
Samara remained as the Abbasid capital until
892, when it was returned to Baghdad. In the following centuries,
Samarra entered a prolonged decline, which accelerated after the
13th century when the course of the Tigris shifted.
The architecture of Samarra was influenced by
the Iranian and Syrian style, with in-house courtyards and ponds
commonly found. In line with the mission to The Tugu Hotels Group
created Samarra – Pasar Sate & Wine in Jalan Kebon Sirih,
Central Jakarta, to bring back to life the beauty and glory of
the ancient city of Samarra during the times of Mesopotamia, Babylon,
Syriana, and Persia.