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Downtown Cairo, Buildings that tell stories – Davies Bryan Building

Downtown Cairo Davies Bryan

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 second one.

See the previous article: Egyptian Diplomatic Club

Davies Bryan Building

Downtown Cairo Davies Bryan

If you have visited Cairo downtown, you may have seen this building while walking there. Story started at the beginning of previous century when a man from Wales (UK) came to Egypt. His name was “Davies Bryan”. He opened a shop inside one of Cairo hotels. Then, another one in Alexandria. His business expanded due to his good reputation. He bought this location from “Credit Foncier Egyptien” bank located across street. An architect from Wales named “Robert Williams” designed this building with this dark red facade. The construction completed in 1910. The building overlooks three streets: “Adly”, “Mohamed Farid”, and “Abdelkhalek Tharwat”. Currently, building is owned by a real estate company.