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Sakakini Palace

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Sakakini palace is a golden gem located in the core of this immortal capital city of Cairo offering the chance to discover one of the most enchanting examples of modern architecture from the early 20th century. This heavenly attraction is a true living miracle showcasing many great facts about this golden civilization that endured the infinite passing of time.

It is one of the most distinguished and attractive attractions found in the city surrounded by its unique culture that encapsulates the whole rich culture of Cairo. This article will explore the incredible wealthy history, magical artistic architecture, and rich culture of this marvelous wonder.

Location of Sakakini Palace

Sakakinin palace is found in a small quarter or district in the golden city that holds the same name, in the heart of El Daher, Downtown between El Zaher and Abbaseya districts.

History of Sakakini Palace

History of Sakakini Palace - Egypt Tours Portal
History of Sakakini Palace - Egypt Tours Portal

Sakakinin palace was designed in 1897 by a brilliant French architect by Count Gabriel Habib Sakakini Pasha (1841–1923) the patriarch of the Syrian Sakakini family. The whole palace took about five years to complete. It was designed to be identical to a similar palace that he saw and loved during his time in Italy. The palace was the central point of this part of Cairo which was the crossroads of eight main roads. It was the home to a number of incredible people which included Palestinian President Yasser Arafat.

In 1961, the Health Education Museum was moved from Abdeen to the Sakakini Palace when one of the heirs of Sakakni who was a doctor that gave control of the palace to the Egyptian Ministry of Health. The palace is under the administration and management of the Supreme Council of antiquities as an important Coptic and Islamic attraction filled with precious antiquities.

Who is El Sakakini?

Who is El Sakakini - Egypt Tours Portal
Who is El Sakakini - Egypt Tours Portal

Gabriel Habib Sakakini Pasha was a brilliant Syrian noble and businessman who gained the title of one of the wealthiest contractors during his time period. He arrived in Egypt in 1869 to work on the Suez Canal in the digging process in port said, he then moved to Cairo where he constructed one of the most beautiful and enchanting palaces in the capital. He lived between 1841 to 1923.

He had a close relationship with the Khedive as he was responsible for solving the mice problem in the Suez canal by releasing hungry cats and completing the Khedivial Opera. He was awarded a number of titles during his life such as the Ottoman title "Bek" at the age of 39 and the title "Count" in 1901 due to his services to his own community. He built the old Roman Catholic Cemetery and the Roman Catholic Patriarchate in old Cairo.

The Architecture of Sakakini Palace

Architecture of Sakakini Palace - Egypt Tours Portal
Architecture of Sakakini Palace - Egypt Tours Portal

The Sakakini palace is a golden attraction made in a beautiful art form which is designed in marvelous Rococo which is a style of baroque architecture that was made in the 18th century in France. It holds a number of incredible pieces of decorative art, paintings, ornamentation, and sculptures on both the interior and exterior.

It is made of 2,698 square meters that holds five stories which hold a number of 50 rooms that have about 400 doors, 4 facades, and windows plus 300 statues that are completely decorated with the most magical decorations and ornaments. Some of the artwork has a number of renaissances and Christian influences which are shown across angelic statues and some epic human statues.

The palace holds a basement, plus it is surrounded by a number of four towers, plus each tower is crowned with a magical small dome. Each of the floors has a number of halls, salons, motifs, ovals, marble floors, and more that gives its own unique character. There are a collection of priceless artifacts such as the Dorrat Al Tag sculpture, the remains of a giant crocodile statue, and the half-statue of Habib El Sakakini found on the high ground and in front of the main entrance.

Restoration of El Sakakini Palace

Sakakini Palace
Restoration of El Sakakini Palace - Egypt Tours Portal

The palace has been undergoing restoration work in recent years, with the goal of preserving its architectural and cultural significance. The restoration work includes repairs to the building's structure, as well as the restoration of its original decorative elements and artwork. The palace is expected to be open to the public as a museum or cultural center once the restoration work is completed. The restoration process of El Sakakini Palace involves several steps to ensure the preservation of its architectural and cultural significance.

The first step is a comprehensive assessment of the building's condition. This includes inspections of the structure, roof, walls, floors, and decorative elements to identify any damage or deterioration. This information is then used to develop a restoration plan. Once the restoration plan is in place, the next step is to stabilize and secure the building. This may include reinforcing the structure, shoring up walls, and reinforcing the roof.

The next step is the actual restoration work, which includes repairs to the building's structure and the restoration of its original decorative elements and artwork. This may include the repair or replacement of damaged or missing tiles, stonework, plasterwork, and woodwork. The original paint and finishes are also carefully restored to their original condition.

The final step is the preservation of the building. This includes measures to protect the building from future deterioration, such as the installation of a new roof, the repair of gutters and downspouts, and the installation of a new HVAC system.

Overall, the restoration process of El Sakakini Palace is a complex and time-consuming process that requires the expertise of architects, engineers, and artisans. It is important that the restoration work is carried out in accordance with the highest standards of preservation, in order to ensure that the building will be able to continue to be enjoyed by future generations.

Legends about the Sakakini Palace

Legends about the Sakakini Palace - Egypt Tours Portal
Legends about the Sakakini Palace - Egypt Tours Portal

The palace is surrounded by a number of legends and myths of the years as people believe it was hunted as the lights would go on and off many times after it abounded for many years. It was restored after a series of incredible works of restorations on both the interior and exterior of the palace. Some reported creepy sounds echoing across the palace and the sight of a man looking through the windows of the silhouette.

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Conclusion

Cairo tours will be the key to exploring one of Cairo’s most beautiful attractions that remained beautiful even with the passing of time. Al Sakakini Palace is one of the most thrilling and magical artistic architectural gems located in the celestial lands of Cairo which hold some of the most enriching and enchanting collections of artifacts and monuments ever made in the history of the world.

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