Roda Island

Roda Island (or Rawdah Island, Arabic: جزيرة الروضة‎, Jazīrat ar-Rawdah  [ɡɪˈziːɾɪt eɾˈɾoːdɑ]) is an island located on the Nile in central Cairo.[1]

Roda Island
Native name:
جزيرة الروضة
Cairo, channel between Roda Island and Old Cairo, Egypt, Oct 2004.jpg
Nile branch between Roda Island and Old Cairo
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OpenStreetMap rendering of Roda Island
LocationNile River, Cairo
Coordinates30°01′15″N 31°13′32″E / 30.02083°N 31.22556°E / 30.02083; 31.22556Coordinates: 30°01′15″N 31°13′32″E / 30.02083°N 31.22556°E / 30.02083; 31.22556

Historically, the mamluks of Bahri dynasty originally settled on the Roda Island at the castle of Al-Rodah, which was built by the Ayyubid Sultan as-Salih Ayyub in order to house his mamluks.[2] The name of the dynasty, "Bahriyya", means 'of the river', referring to their original settlement on the island on the Nile River.

The El-Manial district and the Manial Palace and Museum and gardens are located on the island. It is west of historic Old Cairo, over a small branch of the Nile. The island has one of the oldest Islamic buildings in Egypt, the Nilometer, in the neighbourhood of the Manasterly Palace on its southern tip.[1]



  1. ^ a b Touregypt: Rawdah Island; accessed 02-28-2011
  2. ^ Al-Maqrizi, p.405/vol. 1

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