Picture of the day: Renovations of Baron Palace in Cairo to follow original design

In collaboration with an Egyptian consultant bureau, the Ministry of Antiquities has begun a feasibility study to restore and document the historical Baron Empain palace in Heliopolis, Cairo, Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty announced in December 2015.

He also told Ahram Online that an architectural competition to select the best organisation to restore and rehabilitate the palace is to be launched in April 2016 after the completion of the study. Three winners are to be selected.

The Baron Empain palace is an iconic monument 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.

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