CAIRO: The early 20th century Manial Palace Museum, under renovation since 2005, will be reopened to the public in February 2015, Antiquities Ministry Mamdouh el-Damaty said in a statement Saturday.
In an inspection tour of the 1901-built southern Cairo palace Wednesday, Damaty announced the consolidation and reconstruction of the gypsum ceiling—built in the 1940s to reduce the load of the copper chandelier on the original ceiling of one of the palace’s main halls—has been completed.
He also announced the removal of the Egyptian General Organization for Tourism and Hotels’ (EGOTH) Manial Palace Hotel, which was built in 1960 on the palace garden.
During the opening ceremony scheduled for mid-February, Damaty said a lecture about Khedive Abbas Helmy II is scheduled to be held to honor his efforts to develop Egypt’s architecture.
Abbas Helmy II ordered the construction of several museums, including the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, the Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria and the Museum of Islamic Arts in downtown Cairo, Minya University Islamic Archaeology Professor Fathy Khourshid told The Cairo Post Sunday.
The Manial Palace was built by Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik (1875-1955), the cousin of King Farouk I and the younger brother of Khedive Abbas Helmy II, according to Khourshid.
The palace houses a collection of manuscripts, carpets, textiles, brass work and crystal. The interior decorations and the materials used in the buildings of the Ottoman-era palace reflect a notable influence by the European art nouveau style.