vrijdag 14 mei 2010

Old Winter Palace Hotel

Old Winter Palace Hotel

In 1886 it was opened a hotel in Luxor, built in British Colonial style and soon to become a legend. This was what today is called the Old Winter Palace. The first New Years Eve party had Crown Princes and Pricesses from Europe and Royal families from the Orient to the masked costume ball.

It was here Howard Carter himself announced for the first time the finding of the now so famous tomb of TutAnchAmon.

Luxor was a city famous for its dry climate and pleasent winter temperatures, and this hotel was the best place to stay. Of those who have stayed here can we mention King Farouk and King Fouad of Egypt, The Agha Khan, Empress Eugenie of France, the Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, King Juan Carlos of Spain and Prince Charles. Sir Winston Churchill, Field Marshal Montgomery, President Giscard d'Estang, President Gamal Abd el Nasser, President Anwar El Sadat and President Hosny Moubarak. President Jimmy Carter and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Prime Minister M. Tatcher and Councilor Helmut Kohl. Of course Agatha Christie and Howard Carter, as Egypt's own Omar El Sherif - and the list goes on...

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