Beshtak palace. Source: cultural development fund website
CAIRO - 18 August 2017: In the center of historical Cairo is the Prince Beshtak palace. It is considered by archaeologists as the most lavish building in the 8th century Hijri. It truly captures the beauty of Cairo's historical buildings.
The palace was built by Prince Seif El-Deien. He was killed in 742 Hijri in Alexandria, and the palace is the only vestige he left behind.
The palace holds exceptional architectural and aesthetic value. It is located on Ben El-Kasrien Street, which includes buildings that date back to the Mamluk and Fatimid era. It is situated between the eastern and western sides of the street. The western half of the palace overlooks El-Moaz Street, while the eastern one overlooks Darb Karmaz.
The main entrance was originally on Beet El-Kady in the Fatimid Era, but now it is on the western side. The palace has three interfaces and consists of three floors. It is a complex and interconnected building, with two stone surfaces on each side, one meter high. The marble industry was developed extensively in the Fatimid era, and it reached the height of its glory in accuracy and beauty. So, there should be no surprise that the marble used in the palace is beautiful.
In 1992, the palace was exposed to the famous October earthquake in Egypt. It required maintenance and restoration work in cooperation with the German Archaeological Institute. The work took two years at a cost of LE 50 million.