Manisterli Palace

Address: Abd El Azeaz All Suoead, Giza, Egypt

Latitude: 30.0094340

Longitude: 31.2232250

Time Zone: Central Africa Time

Categories: Attraction

Tags: $, Romantic


The palace once belonged to Hassan Fouad Al-Manasterli Pasha, governor of Cairo in 1854, during the reign of Khedive Abbas Helmi I. He is buried in the mosque located right next to the Nilometer. The ballroom, which is what is left of the palace, houses highly artistic late Ottoman Rococo paintings, reminiscent of the old Cairo Opera House (which was sadly lost to fire). In 2002 the ballroom was transformed into the International Music Centre, and is surrounded by a verandah with a breathtaking Nile view.

This structure was actually the salamlik section of a much larger complex that included a haramlik and its adjoining garden. In its entirety the Manasterli complex, rich in Islamic design, was known as the Red Palace. The surviving riverside pavilion reflects the character of some of the showy halls on the Bosphorus with its deep curved cornice, wood bracing, inlaid windows, terrace and undulating arches.

The Nilometer has the properties of being one of the oldest structures in Cairo built after the Arab conquest, as well as having a link to Egypt's Pharaonic past. The Nilometers, in Arabic known as a miqyas (Mikyas al-Nil), were used to measure the flood levels of the Nile River and are a heritage of Egypt's distant past, when such structures dotted the course of the Nile.

Story and information:

Manasterli Palace and the Nilometer
(Manisterly Palace)
2 Al Malek Al Saleh Street
Manial Al Rawda
(Roda Island)
(southern end of the island)
Tel: (202) 3631537
Fax: (202) 3631467

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