Uruba Palace


Uruba Palace was once the grand Heliopolis Palace hotel, opened in 1910 and graced by the likes of King Albert I of Belgium. During the world wars the British appropriated it for use as a military hospital. In the 1960s the hotel closed and during the 1980s then-President Mubarak revamped this plush pad to use as the official presidential palace. Today, it continues this role under President Sisi and only visiting notables get to gawk at its regal interiors.

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1. Heliopolis Basilica

0.47 MILES

This Roman Catholic basilica's architecture is based on Istanbul's famous Aya Sofya; but on a more modest scale. Baron Empain is buried here.

2. Baron's Palace

0.64 MILES

Baron Empain lived in a fantastical and highly eccentric Hindu temple–inspired mansion, with the facade bedecked with elephants and serpents…

3. October War Panorama

1.45 MILES

Built with help from North Korean artists, the October War Panorama is a mem­orial to the 1973 ‘victory’ over Israel. A large 3D mural and diorama depicts…

4. Khanqah-Mausoleum of Farag Ibn Barquq

3.67 MILES

Built by a son of Sultan Barquq, whose great madrassa and mausoleum stand on Bein Al Qasreen, this tomb complex was completed in 1411 because Barquq…

5. Complex of Sultan Ashraf Barsbey


Enclosed by a stone wall midway between Barquq’s Mausoleum and the Mosque of Qaitbey is the funerary complex of Barsbey, who ruled from 1422 to 1438. Most…

6. Bab An Nasr

4.04 MILES

Napoleon’s commanders took the liberty of naming the towers of Bab An Nasr (Gate of Victory) after themselves – and carved their names into it. The entire…

7. Wikala of Sultan Qaitbey

4.07 MILES

This Mamluk-era merchant's inn dates from 1481 and was undergoing a vast restoration project when we were last in town.

8. Bab Al Futuh

4.07 MILES

The rounded Bab Al Futah with its delicate carved stone arch and the square-towered Bab An Nasr were built in 1087 as the two main northern entrances to…