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Restoration of Baron Empain in Heliopolis

Rehabilitated at a 175 million EGP cost, Baron Empain is indeed a beacon of culture.


The long-dormant Baron Empain Palace is indeed an architectural wonder of all times. Located at the heart of Heliopolis and ubiquitous of the Belgian millionaire who came to Cairo from India by the end of the 19th century and mused on creating a palace influenced by the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Hindu temples of Orissa. French architect Alexander Marcel was commissioned to build this marvel. The elaborate interior design was the responsibility of George Louis Claude. The palace saw the light of the day in 1911.


The landscape stretches over 24000 square meters, embracing the 3-floor inimitable structure and a splendid roof. It is engulfed in a massive garden, at the east side lies a small building housing a car garage and a stable.


The restoration and renovation works’ project of Baron Empain endeavor to revamp the property; come up with restoration recommendations; assess the status quo; determine magnitude of modifications; devise a site management plan; and tap relevant technical studies. Protecting the palace; maintaining artifacts and monuments; putting the palace history and development process of the landscape under lime light constitute the mission of the project. A full-fledged dossier on Palace artifacts, facades, 3-D horizontal projections, photographs, ellipsoid of rotation, excavations was lodged.


It is sought to have the Palace host a museum of ever-changing artifacts. The roof showcasing a panoramic view of the area may entertain festivities as a reminder of omnipresent Baron Empain.

Baron Empain was rehabilitated at a 175 million EGP cost.

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Tourism and Antiquities Jun 2020

Restoration of Baron Empain in Heliopolis

Rehabilitated at a 175 million EGP cost, Baron Empain is indeed a beacon of culture.


The long-dormant Baron Empain Palace is indeed an architectural wonder of all times. Located at the heart of Heliopolis and ubiquitous of the Belgian millionaire who came to Cairo from India by the end of the 19th century and mused on creating a palace influenced by the Angkor Wat in Cambodia and the Hindu temples of Orissa. French architect Alexander Marcel was commissioned to build this marvel. The elaborate interior design was the responsibility of George Louis Claude. The palace saw the light of the day in 1911.


The landscape stretches over 24000 square meters, embracing the 3-floor inimitable structure and a splendid roof. It is engulfed in a massive garden, at the east side lies a small building housing a car garage and a stable.


The restoration and renovation works’ project of Baron Empain endeavor to revamp the property; come up with restoration recommendations; assess the status quo; determine magnitude of modifications; devise a site management plan; and tap relevant technical studies. Protecting the palace; maintaining artifacts and monuments; putting the palace history and development process of the landscape under lime light constitute the mission of the project. A full-fledged dossier on Palace artifacts, facades, 3-D horizontal projections, photographs, ellipsoid of rotation, excavations was lodged.


It is sought to have the Palace host a museum of ever-changing artifacts. The roof showcasing a panoramic view of the area may entertain festivities as a reminder of omnipresent Baron Empain.

Baron Empain was rehabilitated at a 175 million EGP cost.