Mohamed Ali Palace to Re-Open in June 2020
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Heritage has been an essential component in Egyptian history for thousands and thousands of years. Each era, traditions and cultural gems are passed down through generations of inhabitants. These relics come in the form of small items, such as rings or stones, all the way to colossal landmarks and palaces. Regardless of their age, shape, or size, these treasures must be continuously maintained and looked after just like any fellow family member. Why? Because we do not have an identity, nor do we exist without our legacy and customs.
One such example is Shubra Al-Khaimah’s renowned and historic landmark, the Mohamed Ali Palace, which is scheduled to be completed and re-opened in June 2020. A few days ago, Egypt Today stated that the Secretary of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mustafa Waziri, revealed that the restoration and development of 59-acre landmark in the Qalioubiya governorate has so far reached a total cost of LE 194 million!
Sada El Balad English (SEE) added that the palace, dating back 200 years, was closed in 2012 for security reasons as well as for its deteriorated state. The renovation stage originally started five years ago and faced many different problems, especially when fixing the “Fountain Palace”. Recently, the building has been set for three restoration projects: Constructive and architectural restoration, decorative restoration, and harmonisation of the landscape.
In terms of design, Mohammed Ali Palace witnessed the first modern lighting system, according to the source. Furthermore, it combines different European styles, including 19th century Italian and French styles, and Islamic architecture. We were intrigued to learn more, so we came across a bit of interesting background knowledge that you can check out on Ask Aladdin.
We’re positive that the unveiling will be an opening to remember.