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Abdeen Palace

Abdeen Palace Museum 

Abdeen Palace was built in 1863 on an area of 25-feddan by Egyptian, Italian, French
 and Turkish architects. It was in 1872 that this luxurious palace became the seat of the

Abdeen Palace Museum003In the late eighties, President Mubarak ordered that the palace, one of the most beautiful in the
 world, be completely restored, to form part of Egypt's heritage. Restoration work took
 longer than expected as the old palace was badly damaged during the strong 1992
 earthquake that hit Egypt.
Abdeen Palace is one of the most famous palaces erected during the reign of
 Mohamed Ali Pasha's Dynasty, and was the seat of the government between 1872
 and 1952. During this eventful period, Abdeen Palace witnessed unforgettable
 events that undoubtedly affected Egypt's modern and contemporary history.

Abdeen Palace Museum001The palace was built in
1863 under the order of Khedive Ismail, and was named after Abdeen Bay, one
 of the army commanders under Mohamed Ali Basha. In 1872, Khedive Ismail moved to
 Abdeen Palace, leaving the castle, the old seat of Egypt's government that was built by
 Saladdin Al Ayoubi in 1171. Today the Abdeen Palace Museum complex stands as
 evidence of Egypt's active role over time.

Abdeen Palace Museum010The complex features
 a military museum displaying all the arms presented as gifts to President Mubarak
on various occasions, a museum of Abdeen Palace Museum009ancient

 and a museum of the medals and orders of merit bestowed on members of Egypt's royal
 family and eminent Egyptian figures.
Abdeen Palace Museum002Khedive Ismail's sons
and grandsons were fond of the Abdeen Palace . Everyone of them made his
 contribution to it to reflect his taste and the spirit of the era. For example, King Fouad I,
 who ruled Egypt from 1917 to 1936, assigned some of the Palace's rooms as
 a museum for the Royal Family's possessions, including weapons, ammunition,
decorations, orders ... etc.
Abdeen Palace Museum004King Farouq I,

 who succeeded King Fouad I from 1937 to 1952, added a lot of possessions, especially the weapons, for which he annexed a special library.
Abdeen Palace Museum005In the wake of
 the July 1952 Revolution, management of Abdeen Palace museum was assigned to
 Museums Department in the Citadel. Afterward, late President Sadat assigned the museum management to the Presidency of the Abdeen Palace Museum006Republic and
 ordered the Palace and its museum to be restored and renovated.
Under President Mubarak, restoration works were completed and As-Salam Museum ,
for President and Abdeen Palace Museum007Mrs. Mubarak's possessions, was added. Besides, another museum for silverware, chinaware,
 crystal and Gallé collections of Mohamed Ali's Family was established under the name
 "Abdeen Palace Museums" and Abdeen Palace Museum008re-inaugurated
by President Mubarak on October 17, 1998.
On December 16, 2004, a specialized museum for historical documents was established.
 It is considered one of the most important sections of the museums for visitors as well as researchers in this field.


  1. Restoration work took
    longer than expected as the old palace was badly damaged during the strong 1992
    earthquake that hit Egypt. Tours of Egypt


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