The Palace El Gezira
Monday, November 2, 2009
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I couldn't resist this last post about Egypt.  I stayed at the Marriott in Cairo.  This may not sound interesting, but this hotel has a building with an interesting history.  I took some shots of the original building of the palace.

Below is from their website:

The Palace Al Gezira was built by Khedive Ismail, a palace guest for the Suez Canal inauguration celebrations in 1869. The architecture reflects the Khedive's passion for the neo-classical style. It housed European monarchs, including Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, and was the venue of the first performance of Verdi's Opera Aida. Today, the Palace is all that remains of the estate, many of its rooms and furniture have been restored to their original splendor.

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