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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Montazah Palace Gardens | Alexandria Egypt Day 7

These gardens cover an area of 370 feddans and contain trees, palms, and flowers. There is also a museum, several natural bays and beaches, as well as a complete tourist centre, a hotel, restaurants, bungalows and a children's park 4.5 feddans in area.

Built on a low plateau east of Alexandria and overlooking a beautiful beach amid about 370 feddans of gardens and woods, the Montazah palace comprises a number of buildings, the most important being Al-Haramlek and Al-Salamlek, the summer residence of the former royal family. This palace was started by Khedive Abbas II in 1892, who built a large palace inside the complex called the Salamlek. In 1932, King Fuad built a larger palace and called it the Haramlik. His son, King Farouk, built a bridge to the sea to act as a water front. It is now a presidential residence, after being restored for 7 million pounds by President Sadat. It is closed to the public, but there are gardens of Palm trees cover the area around the palace. This is a wonderful spot to enjoy the beauty of Alexandria. It is situated 25 km from Alexandria train station. Gardens of pine trees and drought resistant plants surround the Montazah palace lying between it and the sea. It's a nice restful place to go and walk.

I wish we had more time to walk around. But we only spent about 35-40 minutes there. We managed to watch the sunset there.

Montazah Palace Gardens Pictures

View of the Mediterranean Sea

Date Palm Trees - Common in Egypt

After the visit, we got back into the bus for the 3 hour ride back to our hotel in Cairo.

Sunset Viewed from the Bus on Way Back to Cairo

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