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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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Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to Host Two Temporary Exhibitions

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Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Anany has announced that two temporary exhibitions will be held in the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir in light of the 150th anniversary of the museum’s establishment.

The exhibitions will launch on November 15 and will revolve around education and caches in ancient Egypt.

An inspection tour will also take place among the celebrations with the attendance of Minister of Antiquities Khaled el-Anany, some of the ministry’s leaders and well-known public figures.

Earlier on November 12, the Chairman of the Chinese Consultative Council and a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Wang Yang visited the museum along with the rest of his party.

All of whom were very impressed by the magnificent  display of the ancient Egyptian civilization, and were intrigued to learn about Ancient Egypt and the history it holds.

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Recently Discovered Coffins Transferred to the GEM

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30 archaeological coffins have been transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), an official source in the Upper Egypt Antiquities Sector in Luxor Governorate revealed.

Those coffins were among the latest discoveries of the Egyptian archaeological mission that excavated El-Assaif area in Mount Qurna, located in west of Luxor.

The coffins are expected to be displayed in a hall entitled “Cache of El-Assassif,” following all the needed restoration process. Sources also revealed that the transfer happened on Sunday in full secrecy.

This recent discovery was considered to be one of the largest and most important discoveries, that unveiled more than 20 colored wooden sarcophagi.

All of the tombs were found in a good state with visible colors and inscriptions, the tombs were found in two caches on one level above the other.

 

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Honeymoon Guide: 7 Heavenly Island Destinations In Greece

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Greece is such a fairy-tale place to spend your honeymoon in, I mean what could possibly ever beat a sunset on a Greek isle? Most of the places and islands there are breathtaking, but some are more romantic than others and so here is a guide to help you pick the ideal place for you to spend your honeymoon in.

Crete

Crete is the largest Greek island and it is such a dreamy place to spend a week or two in just relaxing with your partner, you can head to Chania or enjoy the most romantic views from the lighthouse or simply dine in one of the town’s restaurants that overlook the water.

Romantic activities include horseback riding, luxury spas, and the option to stay in adults-only resorts.

Santorini

By far, the most popular destination in Greece and well, it is practically another synonymous with romance. Your trip to Greece will never really be fulfilled without witnessing a Santorini sunset.

For adrenaline junkies, you will definitely enjoy cliff jumping, hiking, and riding ATVs, and for those looking to just lay back and relax, there are plenty of beaches including black sand beaches.

Tip: Make sure to reserve as early as you can if you have a certain place to stay in mind, because there’s just too much competition for those honeymoon suites.

Mykonos

The island is known as Greece’s premier party island but sill giving the opportunity for some romantic getaways, you can for instance enjoy a walk in Little Venice before getting a romantic dinner just the two of you. Also, who wouldn’t crave someone relaxing in literal paradise on Paradise Beach?

You can also go scuba diving or take a day trip to the nearby island of Delos, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mykonos shopping is some of the best in the world, so save some room in your luggage!

Athens

Athens combines between urban sophistication and world-class cultural experience, making it the perfect destination for couple looking to mix their experience. You can enjoy a rooftop dining while viewing the Parthenon alight above the city or stroll in the ancient Agora.

You can also escape to one of the three islands closest to Athens for a day trip or as another destination on your list.

Zakynthos (Zante)

Couples would usually go for this destination for its famous beach Navagio, also known as Shipwreck Cove, the beach is known not only for the shipwreck but also for its towering cliffs that make one of the most picturesque spots in the Balkans.

Besides that, you will get to enjoy snorkeling with the island’s famous loggerhead turtles.

Paros

Paros is such a dreamy island, well actually it is two islands connected together by a bridge, and it is just a ferry ride away from Athens. You and your partner will get to enjoy stunning waterfront restaurants and cafes, and Paros’s most famous landmark, the white clock tower.

You can also hire a boat to enjoy a private boat ride to nearby Hydra or Aegina.

Kefalonia

Compared to the other islands, Kefalonia is the least known island outside of Greece. However, it is packed with several getaways opportunities for couples, as it has gorgeous beaches galore, opportunities to see sea turtles, and a plethora of charming island villages to escape to.

It’s also very easy to take a day trip from there to Zakynthos (Zante) from Kefalonia, that way you get to discover two islands and not only one.

 

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