The Baron Empain Palace, one of the magical landmarks in Egypt, was founded between 1907 to 1911 in Heliopolis by the Belgian engineer Baron Empain. It was designed by the French architect Alexandre Marcel, inspired by the Hindu temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. For many years, the palace was closed for public and strange incidents were reported by Heliopolis residents. Such incidents; There were mysterious music playing at midnight, a sound of moving furniture from one place to another and others said there were a group of teenagers who sneaked to play music in the palace. Other people claimed there were ghosts around the palace related to Baron’s daughter and sister. This year, the Ministry of Antiquities decided to reopen the palace for public after its renovation.
According to the Ministry of Antiquities, the renovation will involve the renovation of the palace’s doors, windows, marble sculptures, ceilings, and fences. People got upset because the color of the palace changed from beige to burnt sienna, but the ministry confirmed that burnt sienna is the original color of the palace matching with the original designs of the palace by architect Alexandre Marcel. It turned beige because of the weather and time, Besides the experts had to remove layers of dust and dirt to reach the original color. The Ministry of Antiquities also confirmed that they will replace the iron fence around the palace established in 2006 with new fences close to the original fence.
An Initiative was launched by Heliopolis Heritage Foundation cooperated with the Ministry of Antiquities and the Embassy of Belgium to hold an exhibition at the Baron Palace museum. This initiative aims to revive the history of Heliopolis over the past years as the foundation asked Heliopolis resident to participate in the exhibition if they have something precious back to the first half of the 20th century (1905-1960) .such items; family photos, tram tickets, postcards, letters, bills, ads, maps, phones, dinnerware or furniture, and the foundation promised to put the name of the owner or the keeper beside his/her item.
Stay tuned for the opening of one of the most beautiful historical architect in Cairo this year and participate in Heliopolis exhibition if you own something dear to display.