CAIRO – 16 November 2021: Mohammad Ali Palace in Shubra witnessed important historical events in the history of modern Egypt. It is also a rare architectural masterpiece.
The palace is approximately 200 years old. Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, recently inspected the final touches for the restoration and development works of the palace in preparation for its official inauguration.
The palace witnessed rigorous restoration works in the past few months.
99 percent of the restoration is complete, and work on the restoration of al-Gabalaya Kiosk is also completed.
The palace, one of the most important monuments of Egypt's architectural heritage, exhibits a fusion of European decorative motifs with the spirit of Islamic architectural planning.
One of the interesting things that characterized Mohammed Ali Palace in Shubra was that it witnessed the first modern lighting system. England came to know that system in 1820 by engineer M. Galaway who was soon called by Mohammed Ali to fix necessary preparations in his palace. That was considered a great qualitative change.
The palace was unique in combining the European style in decorations and the spirit of Islamic architecture planning. Four ceilings enclosed with a large fountain standing as if it were the yard of a mosque.
However, the drawings and decorations were painted in the 19th century's Italian and French styles. It embraces a host of paintings of Mohammed Ali himself and his family members.