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Mansoura National Museum (Dar Ibn Loqman)

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Mansoura National Museum used to be Dar Ibn Lockman, the house where Louis IX was imprisoned in 1250 during the Seventh Crusade. The exhibition showcases the work of over 150 artists: oil paintings, water colours, photography, graphics, sculpture and pottery. Present were head of the Plastic Arts Syndicate, veteran caricaturist Mustafa Hussein and his Daqahlia counterpart Hussein Ali Hussein. The exhibition is open until mid-April. Mansoura lies on the east bank of the Damietta branch of the Nile, in the Delta region. Mansoura is about 120 km northeast of Cairo. Across from the city, on the opposite bank of the Nile, is the town of Talkha. Mansoura and Talkha together form a metropolitan city.
Mansoura National museum collection, Mansoura, Dakahliya, Egypt


History of National Museum Mansoura (Dar Ibn Loqman)

Mansoura means 'The Victorious (feminine)'. The city is named after the Egyptian victory in the battle of Mansoura over Louis IX of France during the Seventh Crusade.

Mansoura lies on the east bank of the Damietta branch of the Nile, in the Delta region. Mansoura is about 120 km northeast of Cairo. Across from the city, on the opposite bank of the Nile , is the town of Talkha. Mansoura and Talkha form together a metropolitan city.

Mansoura was established in 1219 by Saladin's brother, Abu-Bakr Malik Al-Adil I (also known as Saphadin) of the Ayyubid dynasty. Its original name was Gezerit Elward (" Island of Roses ") but after the Egyptians defeated the Crusaders during the Seventh Crusade, it was named Mansoura ("The Victorious").

In the Seventh Crusade, the Capetians were defeated and put to flight; between fifteen and thirty thousand of their men fell on the battlefield. Louis IX of France was captured in the main Battle of Mansoura, and became confined in the house of Ibrahim ­ben Lokman, secretary of the sultan, and under the guard of the eunuch Sobih. The king's brother was emprisoned in the same house. The sultan provided for their sustenance. The house of Ibrahim ­ben Lokman in now the only museum in Mansoura. It is open to the public and houses articles that used to belong to the French monarch, including his personal thirteenth century toilet.

Displayed in the museum are the suits of mail and swords of the crusaders, as well as a collection of maps. Huge paintings depict the Battle of Mansoura. The Mansoura branch of the National Library was recently inaugurated as the Mansoura Mubarak Library.

Address:
National Museum Mansoura (Dar Ibn Loqman),
Moafi Sq. - Dar Ibn Luqman, Mansoura (branch of the Nile in the Delta region), Dakahliya, Egypt

More Details:
http://www.mifac.info/about-mansoura.html
http://www.fineart.gov.eg/Eng/CV/CV.asp?IDS=2809

Last Updated on Sunday 16th January 2011