CAIRO - 19 August 2019: The minister of antiquities toured the historic Baron Palace in Heliopolis to get follow up on the developments of the restoration of the archaeological building.
The minister decided to visit the palace, especially after the controversy that had arisen around changing its color and removing its archaeological wall, which allegedly changed its historical appearance.
In the following lines, ET clarifies the controversy regarding changing the palace’s appearance:
Did the color of the Baron Palace change?
According to the Ministry of Antiquities, the colors of the facades of the Baron Palace are the same as the original colors, where those in charge of restoration carried out all the necessary tests, analyses, as well as photographic and architectural documentation of the manifestations of damage to develop the necessary plans using scientific restoration methods.
What is the reason behind the controversy that occurred regarding the Palace’s color?
The new color is the same as the original color of the Baron Palace, but the impact of weather and time caused people to believe the palace's color changed after its restoration. The restoration experts had to brush away layers of dust and dirt to get the original color.
Was the historic palace's wall removed?
According to the minister of antiquities, the wall that was removed at the palace is not an archaeological wall and was only installed 14 years ago. The minister stressed that none of the original palace's walls was demolished.