Prince Mohamed Ali Palace
Despite receiving consistently high reviews on numerous travel-related websites, Prince Mohamed Ali Palace is a frequently ignored tourist attraction in Cairo. Prince Mohamed Ali Palace is not currently included in our current selection of Cairo tour packages; but it may be added to any of them upon request. Of fact, there are an almost unlimited number of Cairo tourist attractions; and most visitors simply do not have the time to see even a small percentage of them.
However, if you are visiting Cairo for a few days; and are putting together a list of must-see things; Prince Mohamed Ali Palace is a must-see landmark by all accounts.
Prince Mohamed Ali Palace may not be the best spot to come if you expect to view an unbelievably; beautiful palace filled with historical items. To some extent; one could argue that the Manial Palace isn’t truly a palace at all; given how different it looks from the outside from most other royal palaces in Cairo and elsewhere.
However, if you want to get a sense of how royalty lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries; Manial Palace and its museum are a must-see destination.
It’s also a great destination to come if you’re looking for a break from Cairo‘s hectic pace. The large gardens provide a delightful sense of tranquilly; while the museum’s interior is filled with fascinating antiques. There are also numerous stained glass windows; which allow you to take some absolutely stunning photographs.
A Brief History of the Manial Palace
The Manial Palace Estate is recognized for its five separate structures, each with its own distinct architecture, as well as its lovely blend of Persian and English planted gardens. A forested nature park and a hunting museum that once belonged to Egypt’s late King Farouk are featured on the grounds.
Egypt’s Antiquities Council has maintained Manial Palace, as well as the grounds on which it was built, and declared it as a historic house museum. It’s in the El-Manial district of southern Cairo, in the Sharia Al-Saray area.
The palace was erected by Mohammed Ali Tewfik, the late King Faroud’s uncle, and took several years to finish, from 1899 to 1929.
King Farouk’s large art collection, as well as his apparel, silverware, and Objets D’Art collections, were previously held at the palace. While many of the original pieces remain at the Manial Palace, some have been moved to other museums.