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Al Manasterly Palace on Al Rawda Island
The Site: Al Manasterly palace is situated in the south western corner at the end of Al Rawda island. It is the remaining part of a development built by Hassan Fouad Al Manasterly Pasha 1851 A.D./267A.H.. His mosque where he is buried is situated near the palace. On the left side stands the Nilometer that dates back to 861A.D./247A.H. in the reign of Caliph Al-Mutawakkil `Ala Allah Al Abbasi, bestowing more beauty and significance on the place. The Palace owner: Hassan Fouad Pasha Al Manasterly. His name is a derivative of the city of Monastir in Macedonia near the Bulgarian borders. Hassan Pasha was Egypt Katakhda in the reign of Abbas Helmi He became Cairo’s governor in 1854 A.D., representative in the Ministry of Interior and then supervisor of the Ministry of Interior. The palace and the Nilometer Architectural description: The palace consists of a main rectangular hall 12mx 24,40mthat directly opens to the outside through a door in the southeastern wall preceded by a four-step marble case. The terrace covers the northeastern and the southwestern sides. The palace’s present main gate is located in the northwestern side. The second hall is located to the west of the main hall. It has been divided into three halls. Northern to this hall lies a rectangular room. Southern to the same hall there is a bathroom and another rectangular room. A terrace overlooking the Nile surrounds the building from the west and intersects in the end with the southwestern terrace.