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Ancient Police Museum (National Police Museum)

Ancient Police Museum (National Police Museum)

To the northwest of the grand Mohammed Ali mosque lies the Police Museum. Even though it’s a bit low budget, there is an interesting room devoted to some of the more famous crimes and criminals in Egypt over the last century. Look for the exhibit about the two Alexandrian sisters, Raya and Sakina, who ran an underground prostitution operation and would lure women into their apartment where they would be robbed, killed, and buried. If only their next-door neighbors, the Alexandrian police, had been nosier, their crime spree wouldn't have lasted years. A little known sightseeing tid-bit, the Ottoman Mosque and palace garden are ‘hidden’ behind the museum and are well worth a visit. Beyond the Museum you can have a panoramid view of the city of Cairo and you can see the ruins of the Palace of Al Nasir and Qasr El Ablaq.


The Police Museum is a huge building with small windows that were once probably used by archers. There is an Egyptian flag atop the gate, and the gate itself is ancient, decorated with simple old Islamic arabesque. Once inside the museum, the first corridor contains portraits of Egyptian ministers throughout history. It is not very interesting, other than for observing the changes in their clothing throughout time. After that, the first hall of the museum consists of weapons used by the Egyptian police throughout time, including the Pharaonic Period. In fact, there were many ancient shields and weapons in the hall, along with modern guns, mostly of British origin due to the British occupation of Egypt. There are also some shields and helmets from the Islamic Period, including one helmet dating to the Islamic year 11. It has Arabic sentences from the Qura'n meant to protect the soldier who wore it.
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Cairo Citadel location is part of the Muqattam hill near the center of Cairo, was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city, and was fortified by the Ayyubid ruler Salah al-Din (Saladin) between 1176 and 1183 AD, to protect it from the Crusaders. The Citadel houses a number of museums, ancient mosques and other sides such as Al-Gawhara (Jewel) Palace, Mohammed Ali Mosque, Police Museum, Sultan Al-Nasir Mosque, Military Museum, Carriage Museum, Archaeological Museum, Suleyman Pasha Mosque and Bab el-Azab. This highly visible landmark on Cairo’s eastern skyline reveals a very medieval character when it is viewed from the north (back side).

Address:
Ancient Police Museum (National Police Museum)
Al-Qala'a, Citadel Historic Complex, Salah Salem Highway, The Citadel, Cairo, Egypt
Opening hours: 8am-5pm daily.
Nearby National Police Museum are - Al-Gawhara (Jewel) Palace, Mohammed Ali Mosque, Police Museum, Sultan Al-Nasir Mosque, Military Museum, Carriage Museum, Archaeological Museum, Suleyman Pasha Mosque and Bab el-Azab.
Saladin Citadel, The Citadel, Cairo, Egypt
Tel: +2 (02) 2512-2549, 510124.
Hour: Open daily 9am–4:30pm

Last Updated on Sunday 28th November 2010