Le Roman d’Héliopolis
With Amélie d’Arschot
Wednesday 5 june 2019, at 7 pm
Descending from Boghos Nubar Pasha, Amélie d’Arschot, historian and lecturer brings to life the fabulous adventure of building from 1905 a new city in the desert: Heliopolis.
Originally located a few kilometers from the capital, today Heliopolis is part of Greater Cairo but still has a rather unique specificity.
The captain of industry Edouard Empain partnered with Boghos Nubar, the son of the important Egyptian prime minister to buy the first thousands of hectares. But what were their motives? Where and how did Empain have this ingenious idea?
Amélie d’Arschot immerses the public behind the scenes of the Great Universal Exhibition of 1900 and the evocation of the key characters of this extraordinary adventure: King Leopold II without whom the Belgian interests in Egypt could not have developed, but also the businessmen as well as the talented architects. They have made a city in every way sublime, both architecturally and stylistically.
Heliopolis, however, was much more than a beautiful city. It represented a whole art of living and a spirit of tolerance where the different cults could rub shoulders.
The presentation is illustrated with a hundred documents, some of which are strictly personal and also come from the author’s various trips to Heliopolis.
BOGHOSSIAN FOUNDATION – VILLA EMPAIN
Centre for art and dialogue between Eastern and Western cultures
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 67
B – 1050 Brussels
7€ for the members of the Circle of the Villa
4€ for students under 26
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