Dr. Mohamed Ibrahim visited El Shinawy Palace in Mansoura, Middle of the Delta, to review the project of turning the Palace into a museum at a cost of 22 million pounds funded by the Ministry of Antiquities to host the discovered antiquities in Dakahliya governorate which including antiquities expand from Pre historic to New Kingdom.
The late owner of this Palace, Mohamed Bey El Shinawy was one of El Saadeen Party’s leaders at the time of the British occupation and a member of the Parliament
Many politicians and artists stayed in this Palace before including Mostafa El Nahas Pasha, Egyptian Prime minister for 5 times and Saad Pasha Zaghloul, the leader of 1919 revolution against the British occupation and the former Prime minister. This is why it is called “Beit El Omma in Mansoura” or House of the Nation in Mansoura
The Palace filled with Italian alabaster columns decorated in a style mixing the Arabian and European architecture. The ebony staircase was brought in one piece from Italy and it is nail-free. The ambience in this Palace doesn’t show only in the unique architecture or the art masterpieces on the walls and ceilings but also in the marble flooring in the terrace which is the same as in El Montaza Palace in Alexandria
The Palace was built in 1928 by Italian architects and won a prize for the best Italian architectural Palace was built outside of Italy at that time.
The total area of the museum is 2450 meters square of three floors will contain 7 show rooms. The estimated time to finish the project is two years.