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Monday, June 13, 2016
News: Egypt's Antiquities Minister Gives Go-Ahead For Mohamed Ali Palace Restoration
being restored in 2000, the palace fell again into disrepair and has been off
limits for tourists since 2012, with a car bomb last year damaging it even
further. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
The Open Terrace of The Palace
Antiquities Minister Khaled El-Enany gave the go ahead for the restoration of
the Mohamed Ali palace in Shubra El-Kheima that has been off limits to tourists
since 2012 due to its poor preservation.
who was touring the site north of Cairo in Qalioubiya Governorate, said that
restorers, archaeologists and engineers are currently carrying out
comprehensive studies on the architectural condition of the palace.
palace's distinguished garden will also be rehabilitated in order for it to be
used for archaeological conferences and cultural events.
several parts of the palace were severely damaged after a car bomb hit a
neighbouring security building in August 2015.
Fountain (Faskiya) and Gabalaya buildings of the palace were badly affected by
the explosion. Moreover, a modern lamp in the main hall of the fountain
building fell down and broke completely.
Fine Restoration at The Palace
on the doors were damaged and dislodged. All 12 stained glass windows in the
building's dining room were broken.
cracks have spread all over the building's walls and floors, the most critical
of which are those found at the northwest corner of the building and northern
section. The Waterwheel (Al-Sakiya) Tower is safe and has been well conserved.
Mohamed Ali Palace, once known as the Egyptian Versailles, was comprehensively
restored in 2000 in order to save its exquisite early 19th-century buildings,
which feature a blend of rococo and baroque styles.
palace site has groves of shrubs, a labyrinth, a hippodrome and a great expanse
of water surrounded by galleries flanked by four pavilions. There is also a
mosque and wide tree-lined avenues.