Palaces – I love Palaces!
If you, like me, grew up enchanted by tales of Cinderella, Snow White, and later learned history through historical novels as I did, then Palaces hold a special allure. They evoke feelings of romance, mystery, and the promise of a luxurious life.
For years, I eagerly waited for ABDEEN PALACE to re-open. I went there about 5 times over the years but each time it was closed. When I finally got in, I was not disappointed – I was in love! Abdeen Palace, although a museum, exudes a unique charm that sets it apart from typical museums. Perhaps it’s because of my keen interest not only in Pharaonic Egypt but also in the rich and interesting history of the Mohamed Ali Dynasty, and the families of the last kings of Egypt: King Fouad and his son, King Farouk. In fact, my knowledge of Egyptian history might just surpass my knowledge of Irish history.
Treasure Trove: Gifts to the Rulers of Egypt
Today Abdeen Palace is a virtual Aladdin’s Cave of treasure and priceless artifacts, housing the remarkable gifts presented to Egypt’s Kings, Queens, and Presidents by foreign nations. It’s a bit disheartening, though, to find no gift from Ireland among these splendid offerings. I had hoped, at the very least, to come across a piece of Waterford Crystal or exquisite Belleek Pottery. Instead, the collection sparkles with opulence beyond imagination from all over the world—solid gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and an array of precious gemstones. Truly, all that glitters here is indeed gold, in its most dazzling and extravagant forms!
Private Collections of King Farouk
The remarkable and distinctive items acquired through auctions and curated by King Farouk hold an allure all their own, making a visit truly worthwhile. Among these captivating pieces, there’s the astonishing jewelry box with a hidden, lethal secret, Mussolini’s personal handgun, an extensive assortment of weaponry, an impressive collection of paintings, and the personal belongings of various Egyptian rulers. I find these artifacts utterly fascinating.
Just like the Islamic Museum of Art, exploring Abdeen Palace is best done with a knowledgeable guide who can unveil the hidden gems, tell the stories and provide context to the exhibits. I hope that in the coming years, they will open up more of the museum’s treasures to the public.
Mara House TOURS to Abdeen Palace
A visit to Abdeen Palace is truly a must, offering great value for your money. Our approach is to enhance your experience by combining the tour with visits to other historically significant sites like the Islamic Museum, Gayer Anderson House, Aisha Fahmy Palace, Al Manial Palace, and more. We aim to create a comprehensive journey through the same period, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the history and culture of the era.
To truly appreciate these sites, it’s always advisable to explore them with a knowledgeable guide who can weave captivating stories about the buildings, the lives of those who once resided there, and the treasures they hold.
If you’re interested in arranging a visit to Abdeen Palace or any of these fascinating locations, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com I’d be delighted to help you tour these sites with our knowledgeable guides and have memorable experiences.
Tour is bookable via email to Mara