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Saturday, December 27, 2014
News, Cairo: Sale of El-Baron Empain's Palace is a Rumour - Egyptian Government
Reports surfaced Wednesday
claiming that El-Baron Empain's historical palace in Heliopolis was sold to
Nasser Social Bank.
El-Baron Empain's historical palace
An Egyptian official denied
on Thursday widespread reports claiming that El-Baron Empain's palace in
Heliopolis has been sold. On Wednesday, many Egyptian newspapers said
that Nasser Social Bank bought the palace, a report that created a lot of
controversy. The news turned out to be unfounded, with Mostafa Amin, Secretary
General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities assuring Ahram Online that the
reports were media-created rumours.
Amin explained that what was
actually sold is a house in Helipolis on El-Sawra street, and that the cause
for confusion was that it was originally owned by El-Baron Empain’s family.
“The palace cannot be put on
sale because it is on Egypt’s Antiquities List which is protected by law 117
passed in 1983 and its 2010 amendments,” asserted Amin. He went on to say that
the palace was under the possession of the housing ministry but that in 2009 it
was transferred to the antiquities ministry as it was on Egypt’s antiquities
list for Islamic and Coptic monuments according to a 1993 ministerial decree.
during his inspection tour
On Thursday, Antiquities
Minister Mamdouh Eldamaty embarked on an inspection tour around the palace
to visit different halls and give the go-ahead to continue its 2010 restoration
project planned in collaboration with a Belgium mission; the project came to a
halt after it lost its budget following the 2011 revolution.
During the tour, Eldamaty
told Ahram Online that a month ago the ministry carried out a minor restoration
and consolidation of a number of the palace’s decorative elements and sections
facing architectural challenges. He went on to say that the ministry is
reviewing the Belgian restoration plan and studying the palace’s architectural
aspects in an attempt to provide a complete restoration project that will allow
for future use.
Eldamaty also announced that
revenues from ceremonies held at the palace’s garden would be allocated to the
El-Baron Empain’s palace was
built in 1906 as the residence of Belgian industrialist Edouard Empain who came
to Egypt in 1904 to construct a railway line linking the Nile Delta city of
Mansoura to Matariya on the far side of Lake Manzala.
French architect Alexandre
Marcel built him the palace in the Avenue of Palaces (now El-Orouba) and he was
inspired by the Cambodian palace of Angkor Wat and the Hindu temple of Orissa.
Marcel designed a variety of human busts, statues of Indian dancers, elephants,
snakes, Buddhas, Shivas and Krishnas in the palace. Marcel's colleague,
Georges-Louis Claude, designed the palace’s interior.