The Said Halim Pasha Palace (also known as Champollion House) is on Champollion Road, Marouf, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate, Egypt.
Said Halim was a Pasha and grandson of Muhammad Ali of Egypt. He was born in 1865 and served as the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire from 1913 to 1917. He is considered by some as the founder of modern Egypt. He was assassinated in 1921 by an Armenian Revolutionary Federation agent, Arshavir Shirakian for his alleged role in the Armenian Genocide.
During his time, Said Halim Pasha asked Antonio Lasciac to design him a palace in 1899. The architecture was grandiose and included Baroque influences with classical arches and much expense with materials imported from Italy.
It is said that Said Halim’s initials, SH, are even on the surface pillars alternating with the Ottoman logo and angels, but I cannot verify this through the photographs.
The 19th century palace of Said Halim Pasha was confiscated by the British during World War I, in which Said Halim was sided with the Ottoman – German alliance. It was then transformed in the Al-Nassiriyah Secondary School for Boys. The backyard gardens and marble fountains and trees would later be removed with apartment buildings put up on the former spot.
Around the year 2000, the palace was put on the register of the Institut Francais d’Archaeologie Orientale, which strives to documents all monuments.
The palace is now derelict and abandoned but thoughts of restoration have occurred multiple times. Many have even come close to begin this goal but none have fully come to pass. The interior of the Champollion house is exquisite, it has a marvelous grand staircase. As of 2014, it is unclear if any restoration projects are continuing on the Said Halim Pasha Palace of Cairo.
Where is the derelict Prince Said Halim Palace (Champollion House) located? You can find it with these coordinates. 30.048746,31.237159.
Images used under Creative Commons License Attribution Non Commercial No Derivs 2.0 Generic, images were under this license January 1st, 2013. Photographs by John Kannenberg. [Flickr/jkannenberg].