CAIRO: The Manial Palace Museum, built by the cousin of King Farouk in 1901, will be reopened to public Sunday after more than 10 years of renovation work, said Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty.
“The restoration included the consolidation and reconstruction of the gypsum ceiling of the palace’s main hall, which was built in the 1940s to reduce the load of the chandelier on the original ceiling,” said Damaty, adding that Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab is scheduled to cut the ribbon marking the reopening of the palace on Sunday.
The adjacent hotel, which was built in 1960 by the Egyptian General Organization for Tourism and Hotels (EGOTH) on the palace garden, has also been removed, according to Damaty.
Located on Rhoda Island, Manial Palace is one of th”e eccentric, lesser known, but must-see attractions in Cairo,” tour guide Magdy Abdel Mohsen told The Cairo Post Saturday.
“It was built by Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik (1875-1955), the cousin of King Farouk I and the younger brother of Khedive Abbas Helmy II. The 30-year long project resulted in an imposing palace combining a number of different architectural styles including Ottoman, Andalusian, Persian, and European rococo,” said Abdel Mohsen.
It houses a collection of manuscripts, carpets, textiles, brass work and crystal. The interior decorations and materials used in the buildings of the Ottoman-era palace notably reflect European art nouveau style influence, Minya University Islamic Archaeology Professor Fathy Khourshid told The Cairo Post Saturday.
“The palace is currently divided into several sections, halls and museums showcasing the valuable collectibles that were amassed by Prince Mohammed Ali and King Farouk during their lives,” said Khourshid.
King Farouk’s hunting trophies and equipments are also displayed in a separate hall in the museum, he said.