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Located in southern Shouneh in the Jordan Valley, Qasr Al Musallah was a winter residence for King Abdullah I. The palace earned a reputation as a meeting place for the literati. It was named Musallah, “a place of prayer,” because King Abdullah I would often stop there to hold sunset prayers on his return from performing the noon prayers at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem (50km west of Shouneh). The lawn of Musallah was also the scene of an episodic moment in Jordanian history. Here, King Abdullah I, joined by the secretary general of the nascent League of Arab States, Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam, saw the Arab Legion off to battle on 14 May 1948, on the eve of the first Arab-Israeli War.