Heliopolis

Year

2013

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Heliopolis is an anomaly, a dream that has been engulfed by modern Cairo. On arrival most people will notice the Cambodian architecture of Baron’s Palace on the road from the airport. But Heliopolis’ century of history runs deeper. It was the brainchild of Edouard Louis Joseph, also known as Baron Empain was a wealthy Belgian engineer, entrepreneur, financier and industrialist, as well as an amateur Egyptologist. Who built a resort styled city on the edge of Cairo for the foreign rich and elite to revel in. Since it’s original exclusivity has been swallowed up by successive neighborhoods. Now it’s arabesque architecture and grand boulevards contrast against the Nasr era apartment blocks that surround it.

The Cicurel Grand Store in Heliopolis displays high quality fashion under the original architecture.

Photographs by David Degner for INK Publishing

Along one of the main roads in Heliopolis a Starbucks and other modern stores serve locals and tourists.

Photographs by David Degner for INK Publishing

The Cicurel Grand Store in Heliopolis displays high quality fashion under the original architecture.

Photographs by David Degner for INK Publishing

Along one of the main roads in Heliopolis a Starbucks and other modern stores serve locals and tourists.

Photographs by David Degner for INK Publishing

The Basillica on Al-Ahram street reflects in the glass of one of the many storefronts.

Photographs by David Degner for INK publishing