Jul 09 2012
The Manesterly Palace in El Rawda Island in Cairo underwent a complete facelift and is now ready to receive visitors. The palace embraces the legendary singer Um Kulthum’s museum with a collection of her personal valuable belongings. It also holds festivals, cultural and artistic activities. The project was initiated because of deteriorating conditions due to its proximity to the Nile water. The restorations included all Rococo Ottoman style architectural and floral designs on the walls and ceilings, which characterized Egypt’s buildings during the Khedive Ismail’s reign. The palace dates back to 1851, under the rule of Khedive Abbas, and was home to Fouad Pasha Al Manesterly who served as interior minister at the time. It is an architectural masterpiece built on El Malek El Saleh Street on an area of 1000 meters. It is noteworthy to mention that it is the last of a group of buildings established by Hassan Fouad Manesterly Pasha in 1851 AD, a native of Monastir - the State of Macedonia.