This lovely mid-19th-century building on the southern tip of Roda Island is now run by the Ministry of Culture and usually only open for concerts. It is, in fact, the remnants of a much larger facility that lost much of its garden space to the sewage treatment plant that the government decided to build on the grounds. The setting alone is worth a visit, however, and if you happen to have an evening free, it's worth checking to see what's on. During the day, the grounds around the palace offer a nice view downriver to Dahab Island and are an excellent place for a picnic lunch between checking out the Nilometer and visiting the Um Kalthoum Museum.
- © Frommer's 2013