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Manial Palace Museum

136 Reviews

Manial Palace Museum

136 Reviews
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1 Saray Street Manyal, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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Check off three of Cairo’s most important ancient Egyptian sites in a day with a qualified Egyptologist guide. Start at Giza, home to the three Great Pyramids, the Valley Temple, and the majestic Sphinx. After a restaurant lunch, travel to Saqqara, an ancient cemetery known for Egypt’s first true pyramid. Finish with a visit to Memphis, city of the pharaohs who built these ancient tombs.
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Usama Mabrouck wrote a review 16 Feb.
Cairo, Egypt645 contributions555 helpful votes
Manial palace or prince Mohamed Ali Tawfik palace on of the most iconic places in Cairo or in Egypt. It was made to preserve the Islamic art and architecture. The beauty is in every detail , there is also a hunting museum with a lot of preserved animals, it’s a beautiful place to spend 2 hours , there are some deposit boxes to keep small backpack there and it’s for free
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Date of experience: February 2021
29 Helpful votes3 Reposts
DHafez wrote a review 7 Feb.
Cairo, Egypt183 contributions82 helpful votes
I have taken my teenage daughters to the palace which we used to go when we were their age. Such an amazing but forgotten piece of art. The ticket costs 5 pounds for Egyptian students. you get to see three different building from the inside with their furniture still installed in addition to the art work on the ceiling and walls. The palace has 35 rooms with 35 different ceilings! The ministry of antiquities is providing guides for free who tell you a bit about the rooms you are visiting and there are also plenty of hanging boards describing the usage of the room or it’s name or the history behind it. The visit takes at least 2 hours to get the time to see and digest the richness and beauty. About the best time to visit; it is open form 9 to 4, we went on a Friday after the prayers and it was not busy at all, I I understood from the workers there that on Friday buses come early and leave by prayers time. The owner of the palace was not only a prince but an artists who painted most of the paintings hanging in the palace and who also designed each corner with a lot of love and passion. A tip: try to read about the owner before you go “Mohamed ali pasha the son of khedive Tawfik” to be able imagine his life in the palace and understand his preferences and artistic taste. There aren’t any food or goodies outlets there so take your bottle of water, sanitizer and tissues. The palace deserves a 5 stars ranking , I only gave it a 4 because it needs more care from the ministry of antiquities. More cleaning and may be better lighting. Overall, it’s a must visit place.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Severn wrote a review Jan. 2021
1,495 contributions10,891 helpful votes
It turned out that there is such a hidden gem in Cairo. A real oasis of silence and greenery, around which beeps, shouts, traffic, dust, debris and crowds reign. The palace was built a little over a hundred years ago under the personal guidance and design of Prince Mohammed Ali Tevfik. The prince was a great fan of the arts and wanted to perpetuate Islamic art. However, he did not choose a specific style - as a result, the ensemble is a whimsical fusion of Rococo, Art Nouveau, Persian, Ottoman, Moorish styles. It is noteworthy that the prince designed the palace not as a personal property, but as an architectural monument. Ensemble Manial consists of: A 34,000 square meter garden with many rare plants. Reception palace at the main entrance with rooms for security. The prince's residence. On the ground floor there is a dining room, a fireplace room, several beautiful rooms and salons. The second floor is closed for now. The Ottoman style throne room, on the second floor the Obsidian Hall and the chambers of the prince's mother. The Golden Hall - closed. The palace mosque in the Moroccan style. Very beautiful and richly decorated building with a chic ceiling, decorated with Persian carpets and Turkish blue tiles. Clock tower. The hunting lodge is a long building with a mediocre collection of hunting trophies. A private museum with an extensive collection of antiques and art objects. The halls of the palace are decorated with gilding, stained-glass windows, woodcarving, mother-of-pearl, ceramics and are filled with a huge number of antiques. Entrance ticket - 100 EGP.
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Date of experience: December 2020
188 Helpful votes9 Reposts
KGB777 wrote a review Apr. 2020
Singapore, Singapore41,792 contributions2,746 helpful votes
I visited the Manial Palace in Nov 2019. After all the chaos at the Egyptian Museum earlier in the day, it was good to visit a relatively uncrowded place. But the site itself is fairly average without too much to get excited about.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Jamila wrote a review Feb. 2020
Riffa, Bahrain880 contributions233 helpful votes
This is the first time for me to visit this palace, and I was shocked by the splendid interior decoration in every part of the palace, it is unbelievably beautiful! However I felt very sad when I saw the staircase along with the carpets near the entrance very dirty and dusty! The whole palace needs to be cleaned and maintained in a better way to last for the coming generations. The gardens also needs a better maintenance.
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Date of experience: February 2020
2 Helpful votes
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