Egypt – Abdeen Palace & Museum

– SEPTEMBER 14, 2015

Today we visited Abdeen Palace in Cairo.  It is a historic palace and one of the official residences and the principal workplace of the President of Egypt.

Built on the site of a small mansion owned by Abidin Bey, Abdeen Palace, which is named after him, is considered one of the most sumptuous palaces in the world in terms of its adornments, paintings, and large number of clocks scattered in the parlors and wings, most of which are decorated with pure gold. Built by Khedive Ismail, to become the official government headquarters instead of the Citadel of Cairo (which had been the centre of Egyptian government since the Middle Ages), this palace was used as well for official events and ceremonies.

Construction started in 1863 and continued for 10 years and the palace was officially inaugurated in 1874. Erected on an area of 24 feddans, the palace was designed by the French architect Rousseau along with a large number of Egyptian, Italian, French and Turkish decorators. However, the palace’s garden was added in 1921 by Sultan Fuad I on an area of 20 feddans. The cost of building the palace reached 700,000 Egyptian pounds in addition to 2 million pounds for its furnishing. Between four palaces, King Fuad spent more than 18 million French francs. More money was also spent on the palace’s alteration, preservation and maintenance by consecutive rulers. The palace has 500 suites.

The palace today is a museum. The upper floors (the former living quarters of the royal family) are reserved for visiting foreign dignitaries. The lower floors contain the Silver Museum, the Arms Museum, the Royal Family Museum, and the Presidential Gifts Museum.

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Abdeen Palace & Museum in Cairo – A Crab’s Claw Flask

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Abdeen Palace & Museum in Cairo – War medals

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Abdeen Palace & Museum in Cairo – A mini bomb shelter

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Abdeen Palace & Museum in Cairo – a gift to Egypt from Canada

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A lot of blog pictures in what was a very interesting museum.  We spent more than four hours here and I ended up with more than 500 pictures taken.  This was an unexpectedly great stop in Cairo.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.