Sunday, May 09, 2010

Opening of the Alexandria Jewllery Museum

Al Ahram Weekly (Nevine El-Aref)

Zizinya is one of the most elegant neighbourhoods in Alexandria and the fitting home of the Alexandria Jewellery Museum, which is housed in a sumptuous building originally built as a summer palace for the family of Zeinab Fahmi, wife of a descendant of Mohamed Ali. Completed in 1923, the two-storey palace is a gem of exquisite European architectural style of the period. The royal jewellery collection, or rather those pieces remaining in Egypt, has been housed here since 1986, but the museum closed to the public in 2005 to allow restoration to take place.

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