Rehabilitation and Reuse of the Archaeological Palaces in Minia Governorate

Document Type : Original Research Articles



Minia Governorate (also known as El Minia or El Menya) is known as the "Bride of Upper Egypt". It has a large number of archaeological structures dating back to all historical eras that Egypt went through. Minia Governorate is considered a museum and a timeless record of all historical eras that passed through Egypt and is an adequate record of the Pharaonic, Roman, Greek, Coptic and Islamic monuments. Minia Governorate is famous for its distinct location between the Upper and Lower Egypt.
Among the most important archaeological and historical buildings in this province are those palaces dating back to the (13th -14th centuries AH / 19th -20th centuries AD). They are some of the most prominent Islamic architecture in the era of Alawiyya dynasty. Unfortunately, those palaces suffer severe neglect in terms of preservation and attention. The most important of these are: the palace of Qasim Pasha al-Sherei in Samalut, Palace of Hanna Fawzy Palace in Ashrubah in the district of Bani Mazar and the palace of Mohsen Jalal in Bani Mazar. The researcher managed in this study to find some appropriate ways and suggestions to shed light on these archaeological palaces and how-to re-use them according to their archaeological value.


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