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Baron Palace: What You Need to Know About the Ongoing Restoration Process

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The Baron Palace, one of Cairo’s most prestigious and astounding landmarks will open its doors to welcome the public next October as 90% of the renovation process that began last year has been completed.

Restoration process started last year in August and had cost around 100 million EGP. Now, the long wait is almost over as Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, has announced that 90% of the restoration project has been indeed completed.

You may have heard of the controversy that surrounded the renovation process when pictures of the palace emerges with another burnt sienna color, many found it outrages and began complaining about how the restoration process has ruined the beauty of the place and that the outer color isn’t a match to the previous light beige.

In response to these speculations, the minister of antiquities toured the historic palace for a follow up on the development of the restoration project. The minister then assured the public that the color hasn’t been changed and that they are the same as the original ones, only that the impact of weather and time caused people to believe the palace’s color changed after its restoration.

The Baron Palace is truly a one of a kind architectural masterpiece that was built by the Belgian millionaire Édouard Empain, who came to Egypt at the end of the 19th century from India. The palace is located in the heart of Heliopolis in Cairo and covers an area of around 12.5 thousand meters.

The palace is designed in a unique way in which it allows the sun rays to enter all of its rooms and lobbies, this is one of many reasons that make the palace one of the most luxurious palaces in Egypt.

 

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Archaeologist Zahi Hawass to Reveal the Causes of King Tut’s Death

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Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass announced that more information will be revealed soon regarding the death of the golden king Tutankhamun using DNA tests.

Currently, the exhibition of King Tut at the Grande Halle La Villette in Paris broke records for being the most visited expo. In an interview with Italia 1 channel, Hawass revealed several facts about King Tut’s family.

He announced that his father is King Akhenaten and that his mother’s mummy is located at tomb number 35 where Tutankhamun’s grandmother, Tiye was buried.

Hawass then revealed that King Tut suffered from malaria and that his blood flow couldn’t reach his feet. But can this be a cause of his death? We still have to wait for the reveal in 2020!

Finally regarding the event we look forward to, Hawass added that the scrip for Opera Tutankhamun has been prepared and is ready to be presented in line with the grand opening of the Great Egyptian Museum next year.

Tutankhamun was born in the 18th Dynasty and is the 12th pharaoh of that period.

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Mohammed Ali Palace to Be Reopened in June 2020

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Yesterday, Mustafa Waziri, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities toured Prince Mohamed Ali Pasha Palace in Shubra ahead of its scheduled reopening in June 2020. 

Waziri’s visit was to follow up on the restoration process taking place which according to him has so far reached a total cost of EGP 194 million, he also pointed out the many significant events that the palace had witnessed before and is soon to relive.

During the inspection tour, Waziri highlighted the masterpiece that is the museum as it dates back to 200 years ago and is a merger between Western and Islamic styles of art.

Mohamed Ali Palace is a true archaeological gem that combines the European look but with the spirit of Islamic architecture planning, the palace also houses a unique collection of paintings showing Mohamed Ali and various family members.

The palace is currently undergoing several restoration projects including constructive and architectural restoration, interior restoration and harmonization of the entire landscape. These projects began five years ago and fortunately are almost over without any losses after having faced several issues.

 

 

 

 

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Zahi Hawass Inaugurates Museum of Archaeological Models of King Tut in Brazil

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Egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass has inaugurated the Museum of Archaeological Models of King Tutankhamun that was held earlier in Curitiba, Brazil.

Hawass has supervised the establishment of the museum alongside the Italian photographer Sandroi Vanini.

The inauguration took place in the presence of the Mayor of the city and Egyptian Commercial Advisor Mohammed al-Khatib, several political and cultural figures and thousands of citizens.

The museum showcases archaeological models that reflect and highlight the story of the great pharaoh Tutankhamun, these models were purchased from workshops of the Ministry of Antiquities.

The museum showcased models of military wheels, cabins, king’s throne and many photographs and films were also put in display in order to show the rich history behind every piece.

According to Hawass, the museum is expected to boost the Brazilian tourism in Egypt, and that is by promoting for the safety of Egypt, its heritage and rich history.

In light of the inauguration, Hawass held an intentional press conference which saw a large number of journalists, in the conference, Hawass spoke about the soon to open Grand Egyptian Museum and also the Tutankhamun Opera.

 

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