Manial Palace and Museum

Manial Palace, entry porte cochere and gardens.
Manial Palace, the throne room of Mohammed Ali Tewfik.

The Manial Palace and Museum, (Arabic; met-haf Al-Manial), is a former Ottoman dynasty era palace and grounds on Rhoda Island on the Nile. It is located in the Sharia Al-Saray area in the El-Manial district of southern Cairo, Egypt. The palace and estate has been preserved as an Antiquities Council directed historic house museum and estate, reflecting the settings and lifestyle of the late 19th- and early 20th-century Egyptian royal prince and heir apparent. The residence compound, composed of five separate and distinctively styled buildings, is surrounded by Persian gardens within an extensive English Landscape garden estate park, along a small branch of the Nile.


The Manial Palace was built by Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfik[1] (1875—1955), the uncle of King Farouk, between 1899 and 1929. He had it designed in a style integrating European Art Nouveau and Rococo[2] with many traditional Islamic architecture styles including Ottoman, Moorish, Persian, creating inspired combinations in spatial design, architectural and interior decorations, and sumptuous materials.[3] It housed his extensive art, furniture, clothing, silver, objets d'art collections, and medieval manuscripts[4] dating back to the Middle Ages. The ceramic tile work of the entryway and the mosque were created by the Armenian ceramist David Ohannessian, originally from Kutahya.


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The Palace, furnishings, and Prince's collections were given to the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities in 1955. The Manial Palace and estate are a public art and history museum, with historical gardens, and forested nature park.[3] There is also Hunting Lodge Museum, that belonged to the late King Farouk.

See also

Manial Palace Museum, the Prince's vintage butterfly collection


Coordinates: 30°01′15″N 31°13′32″E / 30.02083°N 31.22556°E / 30.02083; 31.22556

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