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All You Need to Know about Manial Palace

Mon 13 Nov 2023 | 06:56 PM
Ahmed Emam

The Manial Palace, located in the Manial district of southern Cairo, Egypt, is one of the most beautiful and historically significant palaces in the country. 

Built by Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik between 1899 and 1929, the palace is a unique representation of modern Egyptian history, featuring a blend of European Art Nouveau and Rococo styles, as well as traditional Islamic architecture like Ottoman, Moorish and Persian cultures.

The palace complex consists of six structures, including a museum that houses King Farouk's hunting trophies, the prince's residence and equipment, and a museum that displays family heirlooms. Visitors to the palace can explore a vast collection of manuscripts, carpets, textiles, brass and crystal, as well as a table made of elephant ears and a 1000-piece silver service.

The palace is surrounded by stunning Persian gardens in a large park, along a small branch of the Nile. The palace and gardens have been preserved as a historical museum, showcasing the lifestyle of an Egyptian prince and his successor in the early 20th century.

The beautiful ceramic tiles of the hall and the mosque were made by David Ohannessian, an Armenian ceramist from Kutahya.

Prince Muhammad Ali's Palace is administered now by the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities and was handed over to the Egyptian people in 1955. 

It is an interesting combination of many styles and cultures, all coming together to create a stunningly beautiful palace that should be appreciated by people from all over the world. It is highly recommended to add this palace to your sightseeing list when in Cairo.