Royal Jewelry Museum متحف المجوهرات
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- Royal Jewelry Museum متحف المجوهراتMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 1First to ReviewAug 26, 2013
The 1923 built Royal Palace is now converted into the Royal Museum which houses the exquisite heirloom jewelry of the Muhammad Ali Dynasty (the royal family that ruled Egypt for about 170 years!). After a few renovations, this palace was reopened in 2006 but now post the revolution in 2011, stays closed most of the time - there was rumour of some looting. :-(
The palace houses not only exquisite jewelry, but art deco & paintings,.Jewelry crafted by Faberge, Cartier even Van Clef can still be found here. No over the top pieces but just pieces with smaller stones - mainly pave settings and pictorial mounts. Also on display are watches, boxes, a 15kg cup, crowns and odd knick-knacks. It is also rumored a chess-set set in diamonds is on display! It seems about a thousand items are on display in the 3 halls of this place. The mystery of the missing jewels still continues but they have time and again surfaced at Sotheby's auctions!
I knew this museum in all likelihood would be closed but I just had to see this beautiful building. It is a sight for sore eyes & "sore"impressions.
Located in what appears to be an upscale neighborhood, this fine architectural delight made for good photography & gawking! No guards, no beggars, no inquisitive pedestrians & ample parking space on the street outside. Infact I got to photograph some unusually designed homes & impressive apartment buildings on this street.
The museum building could easily pass off for a mansion - no signboards or indications this is a jewelry museum. Just an elegant structure in European Neoclassical influenced style with a tidy compound and lush green gardens. Look up and you see the security cameras discretely looking down at you!
The serenity of the place instantly impressed & surprised me.
Come to this street and you wonder if the Tahrir Square scenes & UN poverty reports about Egypt are real. It is a beautiful, quite, affluent neighborhood, few blocks away from the city's coastal rd (corniche) in an obviously upper crust neighborhood. It's when you remember the reason why this place is locked up, are you forced to acknowledge the political strife the country is going through.
A visit here even if it doesn't take you to the insides of the museum, rewards you with a glimpse of rich beautiful non-chaotic almost unblemished Egypt. Very impressive and so not the Egypt you hear & see about.
A must visit, just for the flavor of Alexandria, and the quietude & elegance possible in current day Egypt.