Antiquities and Tourism Minister Khaled Anani toured on Sunday 5/7/2020 the under-restoration Museum of Royal Carriages in Cairo’s Boulaq district that will open its doors to visitors within the coming period after 19 years of closure.
The museum has been closed since 2001 for renovation. Yet, the work stopped for years, before resuming in 2017, Anani said.
He said the museum will display 42 unique royal carriages in addition to accessories and clothes of the horse guards through five exhibition halls.
In earlier statements, Assistant Minister of Antiquities for Museums Affairs Nevin Nizar said the items of the museum will be displayed through five exhibition halls.
The first hall will display the carriages that were offered as gift to the royal family in different occasions, including the chariot that French Empress Eugenie gifted to Khedive Ismail on the occasion of the official opening of the Suez Canal.
The second hall will display rare types of chariots known as Alay and Half-Alay, she added.
She said the third hall is the core of the museum and will display ceremonial chariots that were used by royal family members in wedding and funerary occasions, and for promenades.
Painted portraits depicting members of the royal family will be also exhibited.
The fourth hall will be dedicated to the uniforms of chevaliers and horse riders, while the fifth and last hall will show accessories used to decorate the chariots and horses, such as the horseshoes, bridles and saddles.
The planned-to-display items will be showcased only at one-quarter of the museum’s original space, as the rest of the fascinating museum’s area was taken by Cairo governorate in order to turn it into a garage in Boulaq El-Dakrour district in 1961.
The museum was established at Khedive Ismail’s era. It was dedicated to displaying the royal carriages and horses belonging to the royal family.
Under the name of the Department of the Khedive Carriages, it was firstly opened, before turning into the name of Management of the Royal Stables.
Source: State Information Service Egypt