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Muhammad Ali Palace in Shubra El Kheima

The Palace of Muhammad Ali locates in Shubra El-Kheima next to the Faculty of Agriculture there. For visiting this palace, one can easily take the metro rather than a taxi. The palace was established by Mohammed Ali in the early years of assuming the power but its construction was completed many years later and was the first building to be built in that agricultural area. After that, this area was occupied with a lot of luxuriously decorated and gracefully designed palaces for established by the prominent noblemen at that time including the palace of Qasr El-Nil, Qasr El-Dubara and others that disappeared now. The palace of Mohammad Ali or Shubra Palace is distinguished by its style of decoration that mixes between the Islamic style of decoration and the European one. It was mainly built as a residence for the residence of the members of the royal family and the foreign ambassadors. This palace is regarded as one of the earliest buildings to be illuminated by the electric lightening system that was newly discovered and used in Egypt. This palace was once involving about 13 building but the only remaining parts of it are the reception area, the fountain kios, the basin area and the garden that was provided with a collection of rare plants and some of them still exist and it is regarded as a museum currently. The basin of the palace is gracefully surrounded by marble panels, in addition to some lions that appear in the corners of the basin spouting water into the basin and an octagonal structure that stands in its center and supported with attractive crocodiles. The interior plan of the palace consists of a central pavilion surrounded by four rooms. The most remarkable one is the drawing room that was used a dining room until King Louis-Philippe of France sent the billiard table as a gift to Mohammed Ali. In addition there is the reception room, the dinning room, and the resting room of the palace that are handsomely decorated. The walls of these rooms are beautified with wood panels, brightly colored natural scenes and graceful inscriptions for the names of Mohammad Ali and other members of his family. This part is also admired for the height of its ceiling and the colonnades that beautify and support it. The wooden floor of these rooms was covered with charming Persian carpets.

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