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Baron Palace Heliopolis

  • 05 16, 2023

History of Baron Empain palace

This palace was named the "Baron's Palace" after its owner Belgian millionaire Baron "Edward Empain", who came to Egypt from India at the end of the nineteenth century a few months after the opening of the Suez Canal. It was built by Baron Empain in 1911 in the heart of Heliopolis in Cairo, specifically on Avenue El Orouba on the main road leading to Cairo International Airport; this great place is included in our Egypt tours. Edward Empaigned the title "Baron", which was granted to him by the King of France in recognition of his efforts in establishing the Paris Metro, where Empan was a distinguished engineer. Let's discover the best things to do in Baron's Palace and why it is a must visit during Egypt day tours.

During Cairo day tours to the palace, you will discover the architecture greatness that was created by Edward Empain. His work was not just focused on engineering and economics. He spent all of his money traveling since he adored it and did it frequently. He traveled to Mexico, then to Brazil, then from South America to Africa, where he developed numerous ventures in the Congo and amassed enormous wealth. He began seeking for a residence to serve as his palace, the Baron's Palace, which is now the only building of its kind in the entire globe.

Archaeologists and historians were taken aback by the palace's layout and ornamentation as well as the Baron's decision to build it in the middle of a desert. At that time, Heliopolis' vicinity was nothing more than a desolate desert that you will discover during Egypt Luxury tours. Around this time, Empan proposed to the Egyptian government the creation of a community in the desert east of Cairo, which he named "Heliopolis," which translates to "the city of the sun." In order to draw the most Egyptians to this new suburb, he also thought about building a metro line there. I encourage you now to book our Egypt travel packages to Baron's Palace to discover the most important monuments in Cairo.

Emban pondered building a mansion for himself when he decided he wanted to live in Cairo. It was a fabled palace with halls filled with flowers and a layout that prevented the sun from setting. All these historical stories will be more relevant during Egypt Classic tours. This palace is one of the most luxurious palaces in Egypt that must add to your Egypt Easter tours.The Baron took inspiration for the palace's style from Cambodia's Angkor Wat monument. Created and adorned by the French architectural palace, the French architectural palace, Alexandre Marcel, was finished in 1911. You can use your appearance in Cairo and take a different journey in the heart of Cairo such as taking a day tour in Giza pyramids, you will discover one of the seven wonders in the world.

The last floor of the palace was Baron Empan's favorite place to have tea at sunset that you will discover during your Egypt budget tours. Around the palace was a courtyard garden with rare flowers and plants, and the palace has a tunnel connecting the palace with the ancient Basilica church. These reasons make this Cairo short break packages is a must visit during Egypt trips.

The palace's exterior balconies are designed to be carried on Indian elephant statues, ivory spreads inside and outside, and the windows rise and fall with Indian and Buddhist statues. Inside the palace was a museum with antiques and statues of gold and platinum. Inside the palace, there is an ancient archaeological clock that is said to be unparalleled except in the Buckingham Royal Palace in London which shows the time in minutes, hours, days, months, and years, while explaining the changes in the moon's faces and temperatures.

Description of Baron Embaon Palace

Inside, we find that the palace is small in size, it does not exceed two floors and contains only 7 rooms that you will discover during Egypt Family tours. The first floor is a large hall and three rooms, two of them are for hospitality, and the third was used by Baron Empain as a billiards hall, while the upper floor consists of 4 bedrooms, each bathroom room attached to it.

The marble and alabaster used for the palace's floors were brought in from Italy and Belgium, respectively. The elephant statues that adorn the entrance are topped with its embellishments. They are also arranged in Arabic fashion on the palace's external walls and windows. The palace has two floors and a basement, and a large tower built on the left side has four floors connected by a spiral staircase with marble wood sides. On the "fence" railing of the stairs are bronze sheet inscriptions decorated with finely carved Indian statues. It contains rare statues and facts made very accurately of gold, platinum, and bronze, unlike the statues of the Buddha and the legendary dragon. What do you think about taking a Quad bike in the pyramids to try a new experience full of fun and adventure?

Baron Empain died on July 22, 1929, and since this date, the palace has been in danger of being neglected for many years, as its once-singing gardens turned into ruins, The palace became abandoned and the efforts of its heirs were scattered until the Egyptian government decided to include it in the tourism sector and the Egyptian Antiquities Authority, which began the process of reconstruction and restoration in it in the hope of turning it into a museum or one of the palaces of the Egyptian presidency. Its heirs were compensated with alternative lands in New Cairo.

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The main entrance to the palace is located on the road leading to Cairo International Airport (Al-Orouba Street) in the Heliopolis neighborhood and is surrounded by four streets from four directions: Al-Oruuba, Ibn Battuta, Ibn Jubair, and Hassan Sadek. It can be reached by public transportation, private cars, or the "Women's College Station", and walk for several minutes until you reach the palace. The visit to the palace starts from 9:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M


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