Downtown Cairo … One of the magical spots in Egyptian capital. The historical buildings were built with artistic touch. the facades shows the care on each detail. The whole area is a witness on an important phase in history.
You can have a quick online tour for this this phase here.
The history of Downtown Cairo goes back to 1867. Ismail Pasha, the grandson of Mohamed Ali Pasha, was the Khedive (ruler) of Egypt. He had a vision to make Cairo a beautiful city and even compete with the European cities. He hired a French planner to do design the downtown area in Cairo. The result was magnificent. In 1925, Cairo won the title of the most beautiful city in the world, even though European cities like Berlin, Paris and London were also competing.
Therefore, if you are visiting Cairo, try to visit the Downtown area. Each building tells a story. Here, we are of giving some examples through a series of articles, and this is the first one:
Egyptian Diplomatic Club
One of the most beautiful and elite buildings in Downtown Cairo. its current name is Egyptian Diplomatic Club. However, the original name is Mohamed Ali Club.
The start was in 1907. Abbas Helmy II was the was the Khedive of Egypt. The royal family decided to build this club for the elite of society. Alexandre Marcel, the French architect, designed the building. he is the same architect who designed Basilica Cathedral and Baron palace in Cairo.
The first president for the club was Prince Ahmed Foad. the prince is the son of Ismail Pasha, and he was leading the committee responsible for first National University. therefore, the university name was Ahmed Foad university. later, the name changed to Cairo University.
In 1917, Prince Ahme Foad became the King of Egypt. His time witnessed The declare of Egypt as an independent country in 1922, and the release of Egyptian constitution in 1923.
Currently, the building belongs to the ministry of foreign affairs as a diplomatic club.
See also: Davies Bryan Building