The State Hermitage Museum, 2015
96 pages
Colour illustrations
Language: Russian
10 5/8 x 10 5/8 in (27 x 27 cm)
ISBN 978-5-93572-595-2
Weigth: 1,3 lbs (0.6 kg)
Product Code: 004802
Availability: In Stock

The photographs by Xenia Nikolskaya from St Petersburg feature once luxurious interiors of forsaken decrepit stately homes and public buildings constructed in Cairo during its building boom in the late 19th – early 20th century. Foreign businessmen and diplomats who brought to Egypt the spirit of European culture as well as local economic and intellectual elite who often received education abroad built villas, palaces and stately homes modelled on best examples of French architecture from the age of Baron Haussmann. After the Egyptian Revolution of 1952 the rich fashionable “European” districts of Cairo were attacked by the local population as symbols of the hateful foreign domination. In the absence of owners, who had fled the country, the buildings started to fall into decay, they were damaged by fires and disrepair; many were nationalised, rebuilt, adapted for the needs of education or bureaucracy, or simply demolished. These derelict palaces immortalised in Xenia Nikolskaya’s photographs have a way of bringing back the memory of bygone days.

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