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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Manasterly Palace

Manasterly Palace on Rhoda Island (also called Manial Island) where the International Music Centre holds its instrumental and Chamber music concerts is one of the finest buildings in Cairo. Waiting for the concert to begin on the balcony on the Nile is just wonderful. The concert hall itself is a Rococo masterpiece. Get there a bit early and you have even the chance to visit (for free) the Nilometer at night, as it stands just in front of the entrance to the palace.
Tickets for the concerts, featuring always outstanding performers, cost 50 EGP. For some concerts it gets full, so it is advisable to get tickets beforehand from the counter at the entrance of the southern tip of the island where the Palace itself, the Nilometer, and the Um Kalsum museum stand. The name of the street is Al Malek as-Salih and is practically Manial's corniche on Cairo side. It is a two-way dead-end street, its end being the entrance gate to the Manasterly Palace compound. Finding a parking space close to the entrance of the Manasterly ground is usually not a problem. If you are coming on foot or by taxi and are on the Corniche al-Nil (Cairo side) you can use a pedestrian bridge that will bring you practically at the entrance of the compound.

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