Several tourists arriving in Alexandria have never even known about the Montazah Palace Gardens, although these gardens host two authentic palaces.
The first one is “Salamlek Palace” which was built in 1892 by Khedive Abbas II, the last Muhammad Ali Dynasty ruler to hold the Khedive title over the Khedivate of Egypt and Sudan. It was built to function as a hunting lodge and residence for the Khedive and his friends. This palace has been renovated several times since it was built. Salamlek Palace was added in the 1970s to the presidential palaces, which serve as a hosting place for the president’s visitors.
The second palace is “ Al-Haramlik Palace” which was added to the Montazah Palace along with the Royal Gardens in 1932. This Palace was built by King Fuad to be used as a summer palace, mixing both Turkish and Florentine architecture style.