Hold your breaths for the latest historical landmark to get a facelift after passing it’s 100th anniversary. The formerly crumbling Baron Empain Palace has been undergoing a EGP 100m renovation since 2017. From October 2019, the barbed wires will be removed to welcome the masses to showcase the building’s history.
Built between 1907 and 1911, the building which was formerly called Le Palais Hindou was designed by French architect Alexandre Marcel and decorated by Georges-Louis Claude. It was inspired by the temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia with it’s pointy layered domes, infinite stairs, and creature sculptures. The project was funded by the Belgian millionaire Édouard Empain.
The once neglected palace has witnessed several tragedies such as the death of Baron’s daughter and wife.
Located in Heliopolis, the site will add depth to the history of the district. With the help of the Belgian embassy, the site will feature maps, documents, illustrations, and photographs when opened to showcase its entire history.