Montazah palace and gardens, Alexandria

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    al-Montazah Palace

    by zanzooni Updated Aug 4, 2007

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    I was lucky. Ahmed's best friend has a year pass that gave us free entry into Montazah Palace, Gardens & Beach.

    Montazah Palace was the last residence for King Faruk I before he abdicated in 1952. The Palace was once opened to the public, but as of recent, it's not.

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    El-Muntaza Palace

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    El-Muntaza area is situated along the coast about 20 kilometers east of Alexandrias old district. We reached it while driving along the Corniche where many of the modern Alexandrian hotels are located. The magnificent Muntaza Palace and Park is certainly a highlight of Alexandria.

    This complex is surrounded by great walls from the south, east and west, and with the beach on its north side. This area used to belong to the Mohamed Ali family, which ruled Egypt from the mid XIXth century until 1952. The construction was started in 1892 by King Abbas II, who built a large palace inside the complex called the Salamlek. In 1932 King Fuad built a larger palace and called it the Haramlik.

    Park Open 7.00-23.00. Ticket LE3 ($0.75).

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    El-Muntaza Park

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Dec 9, 2007

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    The Park of Muntaza Palace is a former royal summer residence and now partly a museum (mementos of the monarchy). King Farouk built a beautiful bridge to the sea. The rest of the area is occupied by beautiful gardens. Palm trees and gazelles cover the area. The wonderful pavilion in classic style is located in the Park. This is a wonderful spot to enjoy the beauty of Alexandria. There were a lot of locals who spent their week-end there.

    You may watch my VIDEO-Clip on my personal YouTube channel: 2 min 11 sec Egypt Alexandria Sea at Montaza Park 2007

    You may watch my high resolution photos on Google Earth in Alexandria Muntaza Park according to the following coordinates: 31º 17' 24.50" N 30º 1' 20.62" E

    or on my Google Earth Panoramio Photo 1 , Photo 2 , Photo 3 , Photo 4 , Photo 5

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    Escape from the concrete jungle

    by Tijavi Written Aug 10, 2007

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    The palace follows Florentine style
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    As it is, Alexandria already represents a welcome escape from pharaonic fatigue. Within Alexandria, there are still some green spaces where one could escape its concrete jungle and the toxic (but pleasant smelling) sheesha (waterpipe) 'fumes'. Foremost of these green spaces is Montazah palace and its surrounding gardens.

    The palace, built along the lines of Florentine architecture (so says the guide book), is off limits to the public and the lesser mortals (it is still an official building used by Egypt's president). But the surrounding gardens - well-tended and filled with beautiful flowers and plants - are open to the public, and are a favorite picnic place for the locals.

    There is a good vantage point to see the grandeur of the place from a gazebo at the waterfront. To get there, turn right once you approach the palace, and keep walking on a counter clockwise direction. The gazebo is at the other side of the palace (facing the sea). There, you could marvel at the palace's architecture and take in all that good stuff from the cool Mediterranean breeze. The guards are very friendly and will help you find your way.

    Entrance fee as of May 2007: EGP 4.

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    Montazah Palace and gardens

    by uglyscot Updated May 19, 2005

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    This is a lovely place to spend a few hours, especially in summer when the flowers are in bloom, but it is still nice in winter.
    You can walk or drive around. There are places where you can find refreshment, or stand and watch the ocean crashing onto the rocks,
    The palace itself is like a Disney castle The architecture has a strong Italian influence on it.

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    Have Fun in Montazah

    by freddie18 Updated Dec 7, 2008

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    Montazah Palace and Gardens is one of the amazing summer place in Alexandria. It is situated on a rocky bluff overlooking the sea.

    You will spend most of your time in the Montazah Gardens enjoying the pine and palms and so with the flowers. I have seen too many Date trees and fruits when I last visited the place.
    Come and enjoy. Let's have a picnic!

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    Montazah

    by Aurorae Written Sep 13, 2003

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    The royal gardens of king Faruk, the last king of Egypt. Today it's a beautiful and very big park full of palm trees, pines, lovely flowers and exclusive hotels, with a lovely beach and luxurious tourist facilities. A very relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. BEAUTIFUL!
    This is the entrance to the gardens.

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    Montazah gardens and palace

    by sachara Updated Aug 12, 2003

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    Gardens and Palace of the king

    At the east side of the Cornich you can visit the gardens of former King Farouk. You have to pay some small admission fee to go there, but can take your own car in the large gardens.
    The former palaces have another destination nowadays (casino, museum and hotel)
    There is a beach, a nice walking bridge, views at the waterfront. It's a nice place, if you like a relaxed day not far from the city.

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    The Gardens at Montazah

    by uglyscot Updated Jul 10, 2006

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    Wandering through the gardens at Montazah is wonderful especially in spring and summer when the flowers are in bloom, but even in winter the shrubs and trees are attractive because the gardens have been well landscaped. At one place an artificial hill with a shelter on top has been constructed using rock from the nearby beaches. Most attractive.

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    Montazah Palace and Gardens

    by Diana75 Written Nov 3, 2005

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    Montazah Palace is the former summer residence of Egypt’s ex-king Fatih, currently the residence of the President Hosni Mubarak.
    The Palace was build on a surface of 370 acres and the vast gardens with palm trees and nicely arranged flower beds contain restaurants, hotels, beaches and parks.

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    Another Palace!

    by DunaKal Written Mar 8, 2003

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    Muntazah was formerly the summer residence of the Egyptian royal family.

    After the monarchy was overthrown in 1952, the palace buildings, known as Haramlek and Salamlek, were put to other uses. The Haramlek contains a casino on the ground floor and a museum of royal relics on the upper levels. The Salamlek has been converted into a hotel.

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    Private Luxory abundant

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 23, 2008

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    Its no wonder world leader decide to hold talks here at this private park. There is an entrance fee but its worth it. Mark this as the park with the greatest number of palm tree enclosed. Its beautiful! locals would drive up the long driveway inside the park, getting closer to ocean. I walked. even better seeing all the flowers, well maintained hedges, and parkly goodness.

    A favourite leisure activity for Arab families, this park is a perfect setting for a picnic, an afternoon of enjoying the outdoors mother nature and chit chat, lovers spending quality time, and with the children out on a trip. Actually locals even can rent cottages on the beaches! lucky!

    there are many sights in this park. Notably the architecture on the bridge featured in the photo, a resort Hilton within, the historic palace and nearby amazing jagged rock style landscape and gazebo. There are many spots here where you can sit down and watch the waves crash onto the shore. Overall this park is an enclosure of privilege sheltered from the barbarous outside. Egypt has much poverty, and this park is a shelter, which is why world leaders come here. BUT I spent like three hours out of 7 in this place that i had on a day trip in alexandria, and it was worth it. A MUST DO!

    TIP: Spend a night in the hotel, or in the resort houses if you can arrange to spend a few nights. its beautiful here, and the people are more friendly so you can meet egyptians easier.

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    Montaza Palace and Paradise Inn.

    by siso010 Written Jun 25, 2005

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    Montaza palace is always known a private area in Alexandria.
    maybe for lovers as it is one of the most areas with trees and something like that which make you feel free and satisfied from what you see.

    also if you want to go to the beach and you wearing Bikini this is your only way,Paradise Inn beach is the only way to swim with Bikini.

    Montaza Palace is higher price than everywhere else,but I am sure that you will enjoy the time there.

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    Montazah Palace and Gardens

    by mary2u99 Updated May 12, 2007

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    Montazah Palace

    Montazah Palace is the former summer residence of Egypt’s ex-king Fatih, currently the residence of the President Hosni Mubarak.

    The Palace was build on a surface of 370 acres and the gardens with palm trees and flower beds contain restaurants, hotels, beaches and parks.

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    Beautiful Palace

    by vayastra Written Jun 2, 2008

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    The Palace was supposed to be divided into 2 buildings. The bigger one was for the wives of King Farouk and the other smaller one was for gentlemen purposes. But for now, the big building is the only one that still in use to welcoming guess of Egypt President.

    It so well preserve, the garden is beautiful and has mediteran oceanic view.
    There are some chalets that can be rent for a cost about US$2000/ night.

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