History and museums
El-Manial (El-Manyal, Al-Manial, Al-Manyal Arabic: المنيل, El Manial ) is a busy district, located on Rhoda Island in the River Nile and is part of Cairo, Egypt.
The Al-Manyal Palace and garden estate was built for Prince Mohammed Ali Tewfiq between 1899 and 1929. Prince Muhammad Ali is the first cousin of King Faruq and the younger brother of Khedive Abbas II Hilmi. The palace was given to the Egyptian nation in 1955.
The complex consists of six structures. Among these structures is a museum in which Faruq's hunting trophies are found, the prince's residence and furnishings and a museum in which some of the family's memorabilia are found. The palace also includes a collection of manuscripts, carpets, textiles, brass work and crystal. Items that can be seen here are a table made of elephant ears and a 1000-piece silver service.
On part of the original grounds a hotel has been built called the Meridian Hotel. The remaining palace gardens have beautiful plants and flowers in an expansive setting fronting a small branch or the Nile.