Travel

Secret Chamber Discovered Under Alexandria’s Montaza Palace

Secret Chamber Discovered Under Alexandria’s Montaza Palace

montazah

A secret ‘chamber’ has been discovered under Montaza Palace’s gardens in Egypt’s Alexandria, announced Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh al-Damaty on Sunday.

Discovered a month ago by gardeners working on the palace’s gardens, the crypt dates back to the First or Second World War, said the Minister.

The crypt, the Minister added, appears to have been used as an underground prison, reported Egypt Independent. Iron bars and multiple cells appeared to evidence this theory, said the private newspaper.

The Montaza Palace, located in the coastal city of Alexandria, was built in 1892 by Khedive Abbas II and was originally used as a hunting lodge and residence. The Palace, which has a distinct Turkish and Florentine architectural style, was later improved upon by King Fuad I in 1932, who added the palace’s gardens and the larger Al-Haramlik Palace.

Inside Al-Montaza Park
Inside Al-Montaza Park

The Palace and its surrounding area were used by Egypt’s last king, King Farouk, as a summer getaway.

Today, Al-Montaza Park is open to members of the public and tourists for a small fee and consists of royal gardens, small beaches and beach-houses. The Al-Haramlik Palace is now a public museum detailing the history of hte Muhammad Ali Dynasty.

Unwind In Style At Cairo's Luxury Haven
Meet the Beautiful People of Egypt's Dahab

Subscribe to our newsletter


Travel

More in Travel

In Photos: A Stroll Through the Mosque of Ibn Tulun

Amina Zaineldine9 April 2021

Six of Alexandria’s Most Unique Bars

Olivia Mustafa3 April 2021

Egypt’s Black and White Desert: An Unforgettable Journey to a Different Planet

Olivia Mustafa21 March 2021

The Endearing Story of a Dog on the Loose: Review of Kahareb’s New Album

Mary Aravanis19 March 2021

Barsoum Palace: What Community Action Did to Save a Cairo Treasure

Amina Zaineldine16 March 2021

Egyptian Food, Yoga and Kayaking: Escape Cairo’s Chaos at Ahimsa

Mary Aravanis13 March 2021

5 Upcoming Wellness, Yoga and Meditation Retreats Across Egypt

Mary Aravanis14 February 2021

Egypt Builds Wall Around Sinai Resort Town of Sharm El Sheikh

Egyptian Streets10 February 2021