James Bond fans will recognize the house instantly - this was the setting for a steamy tryst and murder in The Spy Who Loved ... More
James Bond fans will recognize the house instantly - this was the setting for a steamy tryst and murder in The Spy Who Loved Me. The museum is actually two houses dating to 1540 and 1632 respectively. A retired British army major purchased the two houses in the 1930s and refurbished them, filling their spaces with an outstanding collection of Asian furniture and pieces. Many of the rooms have themes, and this might be the closest to the feeling of an authentic medieval Cairene mansion. The houses are chock full of marble fountains, opulent wood paneling, dark wood furniture and fine Turkish rugs and pillows.
I can't wait to go back, it's a very simple and beautiful place!
By A Yahoo Contributor, 11/14/07
Most rooms in the house are inspired by a foreign country, for example: there is the Turkish room, when you see it you instantly feel like you're in a Turkish room. as far as i know there are 2 libraries and they're both so beautiful, filled with wonderful history books and encyclopedias. the water well inside is amazing..over all the house is a definitely must see when you visit Egypt..you instantly feel like you're in the 1930's once you enter the house!
Very interesting. Just remember the admission price does not include the tour guide who will expect a tip. If you don't want a guide firmly shoo them away. Be sure to see the Mosque of Ibn Toulon across the street..........it's the oldest unrenovated (it has been restored) mosque in Cairo dating to 863 A.D. You can climb the minaret but don't pay more than 5 pounds a person........the mosque is FREE but they want a 5 pound "camera fee" They will provide shoe covers and women don't have to cover head.
Mr. Anderson was an aficionado of this part of the world and exquisitely decorated his home as such. This place is absolutely a must see for architecture buffs...it will take you back in time, majestic!
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