Prince Amr Ibrahim Palace

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Coordinates: 30°03′19″N 31°13′33″E / 30.0552°N 31.2257°E / 30.0552; 31.2257

Prince Amr Ibrahim Palace
General information
Architectural style Neo-Ottoman
Town or city Zamalek
Country Egypt
Construction started ?
Completed 1921; 97 years ago (1921)
Cost 200 million Euros ($257m)
Client Prince Amr Ibrahim
Technical details
Size 850 square meters
Design and construction
Architect Garo Balyan

The Prince Amr Ibrahim Palace is a historical building in Cairo's Zamalek island, which is used as the Egypt's first ceramics museum and as an art center.

History and location[edit]

The palace is located in the Gezira area, an island in the Nile, of Zamalek in Cairo.[1] It was built on the orders of Prince Amr Ibrahim (1903–1977), member of the Muhammad Ali dynasty, in 1921.[2][3][4] The architecture of the building was Garo Balyan, the youngest member of the Balyan family.[5] The cost of the construction was about 200 million euros ($257 million).[3]

The palace was used by the Prince as a summer residence.[6][7]

Style and layout[edit]

The architectural style of the palace is of neo-Ottoman.[8] It also reflects dominant styles of the Muhammad Ali dynasty in terms of its architectural and decorative style.[9] Total area of the building is 850 square meters.[6][10] It is made of a basement and two floors.[6] In the entrance hall there is a marble fountain decorated with blue ceramics.[1] The palace is surrounded by a garden.

Current usage[edit]

The palace became a state property on 9 November 1953 following the coup in Egypt.[8][11][12] It was first employed as a club by the Arab Socialist Union until 1971.[13] In 1998 it was renovated by the Egyptian architect Aly Raafat[6] and began to be used a ceramics museum in February 1999.[13] Then it became an art center, called El Gezira art center, also in 1999.[1]


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