Alexandria

Montazah Palace A Rare Architectural Masterpiece

Montazah Palace locates on a low plateau overlooking the shore of the Mediterranean, the Montazah Palace.Which is one of the immortal architectural masterpieces of Egyptian architecture. is located in Alexandria. This magnificent city with its beautiful beaches and a refreshing atmosphere. that was a summer house for the wealthy families and royal family in Egypt. The palace overlooks Montazah Bay. and is designed in Italian style. and it has many wonderful gardens, trees, and flowers. Your visit to Alexandria will not complete unless you visit the Montazah Palace and its picturesque gardens. Which are one of the symbols of rare beauty in the world.

Montazah Palace History

One night in the summer of 1892. Khedive Abbas Helmy II walking in the Montazah neighborhood of Alexandria,  and he was impressed by its beauty. From that day on, he settled in his mind that this spot would be his summer house. And that he would create an elegant palace there.

In front of the site of the cannons built by Muhammad Ali Pasha. to protect Alexandria and the northern coast, which are still present today. Khedive Abbas Hilmi II built the first palace in the park. the Salamlek Palace. The palace was intended to be a hunting inn where the Khedive’s comrades and guests could live. The Khedive also expanded its summer resort to include a second palace, the Harmalak. The splendor of the palace lies in its unique location on the Alexandria beach. Where it was built on a high plateau. surrounded by gardens and forests on an area of ​​370 acres. and the gardens include basins for flowers, plants, trees, playgrounds and a garden For children. A summer theater and a center for marine mathematics.

       

Until King Farouk seated on the throne of Egypt. Montazah Palace remained the summer house of the royal family. Also, there are two other palaces like it in rare style and architecture. The first of which is the “Harmalak” Palace. Which used to house the king’s harem and the women of the entourage of the royal family. In which the first floor turned into an international casino. And the second and third floors into a luxury hotel. The palace garden includes dense forests overlooking the Mediterranean coast. As for the “Salamlek” palace, it turned into a luxury tourist hotel.

     

Montazah Landmarks

You can see Other monuments in the palace. Include the famous clock tower and a tea stall built in Roman style overlooking the Mediterranean shore. Besides Princess Cinema next to the King’s Palace. Which is a walled singing garden with a large wall equipped. To view world cinema movies to entertain the princesses.

Montazah Royal Gardens

is a group of gardens rich in trees and flowers and an area of ​​370 acres upper. There are 5 beaches for swimming two of them private beaches.

These gardens established more than a hundred years ago. Where Khedive Abbas Helmy II ordered to built them. Within the Montazah Gardens, there are tourist establishments. Established after the Egyptian revolution. To serve the pioneers of public parks, including restaurants. an integrated tourist center and playgrounds.

   

There are all kinds of fun in the gardens . One of the great options is to ride the boat and see the gardens from the water. Other great marine activities are water skiing, diving, snorkeling. Or even relaxing. The park is open seven days a week from 8 am to 12 midnight.

what are the best activities to do in Alexandria? and where to go?

Here we are going to tell you about the best activities to do in Alexandria; this amazing and interesting city will take you on a wonderful trip. Alexander the Great constructed Alexandria and Queen Cleopatra lorded over it.

This was considered the Mediterranean’s Brilliant jewel of a city.

As it owns the Great Alexandria Library and the enormous Pharos Lighthouse where was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.

Plan your trip with our list of the best Activities to do in Alexandria.

1.Bibliotheca Alexandrina:

Alexandria library

A re-building of Alexandria’s ancient Great Library, this wonderfully designed cultural and educational center contains a number of museums, also it’s one of the best libraries in the world.

It’s wonderful engineering, a giant sun disk, heads over the waterfront Corniche.

while inside, a vast reading room which wide enough to hold eight million volumes.

Under the main library, visitors can discover some of the beautiful exhibitions.

The Manuscript Museum, with its magnificent wonderful collection of the Antiquities in the Museum.

This museum contains Greco-Roman antiquities, ancient scrolls, texts, and sculpture.

some of these sculptures were found meanwhile some of the underwater explorations in the harbor are the two main attractions.

 2.Corniche of alexandria:

Corniche of Alexandria

At the Downtown of Alexandria, it’s a wide waterfront road.

It’s a very nice place for walks and fresh air

3.Alexandria National Museum:

It’s a very stunning experience to visit Alexandria’s National Museum.

If you want to have a better explanation about the enormous and rich history of this famous and beautiful city.

Inside the museum, you will check out some collections date back from the Pharaonic era (in the basement), until the Hellenistic heyday.

When Alexandria built, Egypt was governed by the Ptolemy dynasty started by Alexander the Great (on the ground floor), and until the Islamic times and Byzantine (on the 1st floor).

In addition to the statuary, displays, and antiquities discovered in and around Alexandria.

There are wonderful map drawings that explain how the classical Alexandria city would have looked like.

this map is very useful and helpful to visitors understand the changing process of this city.

The address is: Tariq al-Horreya Street, Alexandria

4.The Fort of Qaitbey:

Walk along shore-front Corniche road heading to the west side of the city and you will see the amazing Fort Qaitbey

It could be a scale down a replacement for what was before the site of the mighty and huge Pharaonic Lighthouse.

It was counted as one of the seven wonders of the ancient world as this fort has been built on Alexandria’s eastern harbor since 1480.

Mamluke Sultan Qaitbey built the Fort of Qaitbey in order to fortify this main Egyptian port from attack.

Inside, you can check out the series of stone-walled chambers and go up to the roof to see over the Mediterranean sea.

Location: Corniche, Eastern Harbour

5.Kom el-Dikka:

They thought to clear the location of Kom el-Dikka  around 1947 in order to clear the location for new housing

But instead, the location known as Kom el-Dikka (“Mound of Rubble”) revealed a complete swag of ancient monuments and ruins, including a Roman theater.

Location:  Yousri Street, Alexandria

Check out our trips to Alexandria:

1.12 Nights / 13 Days (Cairo –Alexandria –Hurghada- Luxor – Aswan)

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