Baron Empain Palace – Abandoned and Believed to be Haunted

Baron Empain Palace (also known as The Palais Hindou and Qasr el Baron) is off of El-Orouba in the district of Heliopolis, the city of Cairo, Egypt.

The Baron Empain Palace now lies empty, though the lawns are still cared for, much of this grand home has been vandalized and left to deteriorate. Empain Palace was built by Edouard Louis Joseph, Baron Empain, a wealthy Belgian entrepreneur. The palace was designed after the Hindu temples of East India and Cambodia. Construction began in 1907 and was completed in 1911 and was built with reinforced concrete by French architect Alexandre Marcel. The palace was decorated by Georges Louis Claude.

There are many myths involving the empty Baron Empain Palace including that the large home resides on a rotating base or that just the tower itself rotates. These rumors also include a secret tunnel beneath the house that connects it to the nearby Basilica Church and that there was an underground chamber with mirrors that turned red at the Baron’s death. That the Baron’s sister, Baroness Helena, died in the house after falling off the balcony and that his daughter, Miriam, was confined to the house and later killed herself in the basement. These myths also include that the home is haunted.

Where is the abandoned Baron Empain Palace located? You can find it with these coordinates. 30.086699,31.330242.

Images 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 used under Creative Commons License Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic.Images 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7 by Hossam el-Hamalawy / Flickr [elhamalawy].
Image 3 used under Creative Commons License Attribution Share Alike 3.0 Unported. Image 3 by Daniel Mayer / Wikimedia Commons.

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