- Address: Al Abageyah, Qesm Al Khalifah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt, Ad Doqi
- Phone: +20-225116187
- Ticket Price: Free
- Tags: Museum, Family And Kids, Point Of Interest
Al-gawhara Palace located in Egypt is a popular palace of the country. This is also featured into a museum and has earned names in the tourist guide of Egypt. This palace cum museum was designed by different artists from all across the world including Greeks, Turks, Bulgarians and so on. There are lot of elements that are built inside Al-gawhara Palace such as barracks, schools, an arsenal, gunpowder factory and a mint. A French architect was appointed to structure the residential quarters inside the palace that also included servant’s quarters.
How to Reach Al-gawhara Palace
- Rented Car/taxi.
Al-gawhara Palace Reviews & Ratings
Nice place recommended to see.
The view is beutiful! I made my photos in 1990.
Beauitful but currently closed
A beautiful place to visit . Currently under renovation.
Al-Gawhara Palace (Arabic: قصر الجوهرة Qaṣr al-Gawhara), 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 (courtyard) 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. Two years later, in 1824, fire again damaged the palace after explosions of gunpowder. Muhammad Ali imported large slabs of marble from Italy to build a vestibule, staircase and corridors.