Saffron Palace

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The Saffron Palace (Arabic: قصر الزعفران‎) is located in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, near Abbassia at Khalifa Maʽmon Road. Now it is inside the main campus of the Ain Shams University.

Saffron Palace
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General information
Architectural styleinfluenced by the Palace of Versailles in France[1]
Town or cityAbbassia, Cairo
Construction started1864[1]
Design and construction
ArchitectMoghri bey Saad


The Saffron Palace was one of the royal palaces and it is said that Farouk of Egypt was born in it.

The palace consists of three floors and was designed by the French educated Egyptian architect Moghri bey Saad[1] and built during the regime of Isma'il Pasha. The palace was so named because the area surrounding it was famous for saffron plantations. The palace was used to host the administration offices of the Egyptian University when it was established in 1925. It was used by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a guest house for accommodating important visitors.

The palace also witnessed the signing of the Anglo-Egyptian treaty of 1936 and the founding of the Arab League in March 1945.[2]

Finally in 1952, it came to be used as the administrative headquarters of Ain Shams University.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c About the history of the palace website of Ain Shams University
  2. ^ Philip W. Ireland: The Pact of the League of Arab States, The American Journal of International Law Vol. 39, No. 4 (Oct., 1945), pp. 797-800 JSTOR

External linksEdit

  Media related to Zaafaranah Palace at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 30°04′36″N 31°17′04″E / 30.0768°N 31.2844°E / 30.0768; 31.2844