Saddam’s former Basra palace faces new life as Iraqi cultural hub – The Guardian

“I used to look at it and think of Ozymandias,” said Lieutenant General Sir Barney White-Spunner, recalling the sight of Saddam Hussein’s riverside palace in Basra. “It was designed to overpower, for the greater glory of the regime.” It had, he said, ghastly gauche decoration and “vulgar, awful imitation rococo interiors”.

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