(Photo-feature by Islam Abdulfattah)
CAIRO, April 1 (KUNA) -- Located in the cultural Zamalek ward in Cairo over-looking the Nile, Aisha Fahmy Palace is a stunning architectural landmark and an important cultural center.
The palace was built over an area of 2,700 square meter in 1907 and designed in classic European style by Italian architect Antonio Lasciac.
It was built for Egyptian aristocrat Ali Fahmy, the brother of Aisha Fahmy. After the passing of her brother and father, Aisha bought her siblings shares and owned the palace where she lived there with her then husband, actor Yousef Wahbi, until she died in 1962. The two-story palace was repossessed by the government and in 1975 became an art center.
The rooms contain rare paintings of silk and linen, European motifs, and exquisite murals that render the aesthetics of the palace. The 1,000 square meter basement was turned into an exhibition hall for artists. (end) ia.sa