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Ras El Tin Palace

Ras El Tin Palace

To the west of the Qaitbay Fort is where one of the most important events in the history of modern Egypt took place. It was here that Farouk signed his abdication papers bringing the monarchy to an end. Along nearby beaches lie small boatyards where craftsmen build luxury wooden boats for rich Gulf emirs using little in the way of tools.


The Ras El Tin was built by Mohamed Ali (r. 1805-1848). It was here that the last king of Egypt Farouk signed his abdication and sailed to Europe. Ras el–Tin palace, located in Ras Al Teen area in Alexandria, Egypt, is one of the official residences of the President of Egypt. The palace enjoys an outstanding historical position since it is one of few palaces that witnessed the initiation of Muhammad Ali’s dynasty. It is used as a naval base and for hosting state guests.
inside the Ras el-Tin Palace, Alexandria (Northern Coast), Egypt
It was also where the departure of the former king Farouk took place. A number of foreign engineers, among others, Yezi Bek, his assistant La Vial and Mrs. Le Veroige, were assigned for the construction of the palace. Building activities began in 1834, taking eleven years, until it was completed in 1845. However, complementary work and establishment of additional wings continued until 1847 when it was officially inaugurated.

The palace included a swimming pool attached with a large hall and covered with glass. King Farouk, after World War II, built instead on the wave breaker a marine pool. The pool was linked to Ras Al-Teen palace with a long pavement. In order to arrive to the pool by land, a jeep had to be used passing through the wave breaker with great difficulty. The royal rest house built near the pool consisted of a bedroom, a fully equipped kitchenette as well as several rooms used for storing fishing equipment.
Ras El Tin Palace To the west of the Qaitbay Fort
Address:
Ras El Tin Palace
Ras el-Tin Palace Street (west of the Qaitbay Fort), Ras Al Teen area in Alexandria (Northern Coast), Egypt

Last Updated on Sunday 16th January 2011