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Sunday, July 3, 2016
Re-Opening, Cairo: King Farouk Corner to Open Soon in Egypt's Helwan
Farouk Corner in Helwan is to open after five years of closure. Written By/ Nevine
One of the halls at Farouk Corner, Helwan
five years of closure due to lax security in the aftermath of the January 2011
Revolution, King Farouk Corner in Helwan is scheduled to open within weeks,
antiquities minister Khaled El-Enany announced on Saturday.
said "there is nothing standing in the way of the inauguration of King
"Labels would be put on
every artefact and piece of furniture while the gardens around would be
developed to be used as an area for seminars and cultural events with a
cafeteria," he added.
Corner would be added to the “Hapi Nile Tour,” a trip launched by the ministry
two years ago connecting four archaeological sites located on the Nile: The
Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, the Mohamed Ali Palace in Manial and Al-Manesterly
Palace in Al-Roda Island.
Corner was originally opened by King Farouk, Egypt's last monarch, in 1942 to
be a family rest house on the Nile in Helwan, south of Cairo. It is a boat
shaped edifice with three floors and a basement containing the kitchen and
house itself is decorated on the inside with pharaonic decorative elements and
furniture. A replica of Luxor and Karnak temples are also found on the house’s
balcony while three replica mummification beds are in the hall.