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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Amir Taz Palace

This house, built in 1352 by the mamluk amir Taz in celebration of his marriage with the daughter of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad was largely destroyed during the October 1992 earthquake but has been recently renovated and its main courtyard hosts concerts during the fall and spring season. It is a very nice setting.
The Amir Taz Palace lies on Sharia Suyufiya, roughly between the Sultan Hassan and the Ibn Tulun mosques. From Muhammad Ali Square (the one of the Sultan Hassan mosque) take Sharia Saliba - as if you want to go to the Ibn Tulun mosque - and turn right in a narrow alley when you see the Sabil (ancient public drinking fountain) of Umm Abbas in a corner. This is Sahria Suyufiya and is (or should be) a one way street on your direction. The palace entrance is approximately after 200 meters on your right side, before you reach the first junction with another street (of which I do not know the name).
Parking can be a real hassle as the streets are narrow and crowded. Once I could not find a parking and had to park in front of Ibn Tulun (where it is not difficult to find a place in the evening) and walked back to the palace. A nice walk, but if you are not practical with the area, I suggest you go by taxi. 
Address: 27, Al-Syoufiya St., Al-Khalifa district, Tel. 25142581

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