Egypt registers former Grand Hotel des Bains as an antiquity

The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced the registration of the Helwan Secondary School for Girls, formerly known as Grand Hotel des Bains Helwan as amongst Egypt’s Islamic, Coptic and Jewish antiquities.

The decision was published on Monday’s issue of the official Gazette.

The Grand Hotel des Bains was built during the era of Khedive Ismail and was dedicated to host princes, pashas, and foreigners who enjoyed sulfurous hot water baths and springs in Helwan.

It was officially inaugurated on November 1, 1874. Since its creation, the hotel has been used for its purpose until March 9, 1926, when the Government recovered it from the Locandus Company, which was renting it at that time. The Education Ministry retitled it as the Helwan Secondary School for Girls from 1927 onwards.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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