(Image credit: Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities)
Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khaled El Anany, visited the Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis on Sunday morning ahead of its anticipated opening in the next few weeks. He inspected many of its facilities, including its electronic portals, lighting system, and multimedia display. The palace has undergone procedures of restoration in order to become an exhibition that comprehensively narrates the enriched history of the Heliopolis district. The exhibited work includes collections of photos, archival documents, illustrations, maps, and letters.
Ticket prices for entry to the palace are 100LE for foreigners, 50LE for foreign students, 20LE for Egyptians, and 10LE for Egyptian students, according to Egyptian Streets. Egypt Independent reports that the restoration process cost 16LE million, which was provided after Egypt and Belgium signed a memorandum of understanding in 2019.
According to the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ official Facebook page, visitors will be able to take a trip down memory lane during the opening that will showcase its early days of construction through its multimedia “culturama” display of pictures and documentaries. Vintage cars have been placed in front of the palace, similar to those that were roaming the streets of Cairo during the 1920s and 1930s.
The Baron Empain Palace was built in between 1907 and 1911. It was founded by Belgian millionaire, Baron Edward Empain, and designed by French architect, Alexandre Marcelin inspiration from Indian architecture.
Take a look at the newly-restored palace below: