El Gawhara (Jewel) Palace Museum, Cairo

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Al-Gawhara Palace, also known as Bijou Palace, is a palace and museum in Cairo, Egypt. The palace is situated south of the Mosque of Muhammad Ali in the Cairo Citadel. It was commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha in 1814.The palace was designed and constructed by artisans contracted from a variety of countries, including Greeks, Turks, Bulgarians and Albanians. The artisans constructed a variety of elements as part of the palace complex: "barracks, schools, an arsenal, a gun-powder factory and a mint." The palace was constructed as a two-storey pavilion in the style of a Turkish kushk. It has Western style windows which were often topped with an oval oeil-de-boeuf. The French architect and engineer Pascal Coste was employed to add the residential quarters for the palace servants and functionaries. On one side of the palace was a haush and on the other, were views of the pyramids and the Nile.In 1822, a fire destroyed the palace's wooden construction in a blaze that lasted for 2 days. Later, Muhammad Ali had the structure expanded and elaborated upon with the construction of "a large marble fountain, columned stone terraces and porticoes, parterres of flower beds and orange groves, and even a menagerie containing a lion, two tigers and an elephant, a gift of the British Lord Hastings."
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  • Unfortunately now he suffers from neglect wokhtr collapse in the absence of completed repairs. The last time you visited a palace was nearly 15 years was reduced by a group of very beautiful collectibles Royal family in Egypt. I wish I could be open soon because it's one of the most beautiful places within the Citadel.
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  • Qasr Al-Gawhara is a palace lie inside the walls of Saladin citadel in Cairo. this palace was built to be the main chair of Mohamed Ali pasha the ruler of Egypt ( 1805-1848 ). The palace has been buil...  more »
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  • The view is beutiful! I made my photos in 1990.
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