In photos: Where then meets now; Aisha Fahmi Palace opens for public



Tue, 01 Aug 2017 - 12:08 GMT


Tue, 01 Aug 2017 - 12:08 GMT

Aisha Fahmy Palace - Photo by Dunya Hassanin

Aisha Fahmy Palace - Photo by Dunya Hassanin

CAIRO – 31 July 2017: Aisha Fahmi’s Palace in Zamalek currently opens its door to the public; paying the lavish palace a visit, after 15 years of refurbishment, is definitely worth the time and the commute!

palace's staircase

Aisha Fahmi was the daughter of Ibrahim Fahmi, who served as King Fouad the First’s Grand Chamberlain.

palace's staircase

After his death, Aisha bought out her siblings’ shares on the inherited palace in 1924 and made it her own.

Japanese symbols engraved in a chamber's wall

She was married to the renowned actor Youssef Wahbi and they lived together in the palace for many years. Aisha died in 1962 and since then the palace became public property.

one of the arts piece displayd in the palace that features a mommy-looking lady

“The palace was initially projected to house the royal jewelry museum, whose current location is in Alexandria, but the decision was later annulled and its purpose changed into an arts complex,” Noura Hisham, a tour guide said.

inside the palace

Coinciding with the re-opening, the palace will house an art exhibition where a range of arts pieces, dated between the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition is expected to run for three subsequent months starting from May.

Inside Aisha Fahmi palace

Designed by an Italian artist named Antonio Lasciac, the palace mainly consists of two stories and a basement. Its 15-year restoration is worth LE 8 million ($ 0.4 million), the Minister of Culture Helmy El Namnam announced.

An arts piece depicting Battle of Port Said (1956)

a Japanese archticture chamber, beileved to be gifted to AishaFahmi from the Japanese embassy at her time

Contemporary sculpture of a child

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External Palace View

For first-time visitors, the palace’s admission is FREE and is open daily from 9 A.M. to 9 P.M..



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