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The Gawhara Palace (Qasr al-Jawhara, also known as the Bijou Palace, is located near the front of the main door of the Mosque. Qasr Al Gawhara was built by Mohamed Ali in 1814 to house his administration and to receive guests, and as a personal residence. It was basically the government house at that time. It was named for Gawhara Hanem, the last of Mohamed Ali's wives. Today, it is one of the best 19th century Ottoman constructs in Egypt with Ottoman decoration. However, the palace actually combines elements of Ottoman and European palace plans, dividing the private quarters of the family from the reception areas. Its collections include 19th century royal portraits, costumes and furnishings, along with some truly amazing treasures. It also includes a small garden leading to a mosque with one of the more interesting eccentricities being the Watch Hall, where the shape of a watch has been used to decorated the walls. IWNTA - SIGHTSEEING - Cairo - Qasr al-Jawhara
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