Amir Taz Palace
The Amir Taz Palace,
also known as Dar Taz, meaning the home of Taz, is one of the most well-known
Mamluk Palaces remaining in historic Cairo. Taz al-Nasiri was at first a Mamluk
of the Mohammad Qalawun army. However, he then rose through the ranks and
became the chief of the council or Al-Amir Maglis. Amir Taz helped Salah al-Din
Salih Mohammad Qalawun to rise through the ranks and become Sultan in 752
Amir Taz built the
palace in celebration of his marriage to the daughter of Sultan al-Nasir
Mohammad. It was subsequently remodeled several times, most notably in the 17th
century, during the reform of the Khedive Ismail. In the 19th century, it
became a girl's school and had then been used as a storage depot by the
Ministry of Education.
Recently, the palace
has undergone renovations and is now open as a tourist destination in the
morning, with a new area that includes exhibitions of the palace's property.
The Amir Taz Palace
lies on Seyoufia Street off Saliba Street, Khalifa District roughly between the
Sultan Hassan and the Ibn Tulun mosques.