I know Egyptians don’t care that much about history and heritage. As long as we can make more money, we will, even if it means stealing and selling what is supposed to be publicly owned by all Egyptians as it is their heritage.
Many times I have seen villas and old – beautiful – buildings being demolished to be replaced by huge buildings, just so the owner of the building will make some money (it is a very profitable business in Egypt)
But for the first time I really feel the pain of it. When a place that is very close to my heart is being demolished while I am writing this post.
For the past 7 years, one bar in Alexandria was my favourite, and I can easily say I spent there three to four evenings each week, not just on a weekend. By now I know most of the people that go there, even if I don’t know their names but we all recognize each other, we see each other a lot!
I know the people that work there; they know me and all my friends. . It is not a fancy place, but just cozy and always feels like home, especially those private rooms we were accustomed to take so we won’t bother others/be bothered by our or their noise.
The bar is in the first floor of a four story old building in the Ibrahimeyah district of Alexandria, and not even all Alexandrians know about it. Until a couple of days ago when it was on TV!
A TV program was covering the case under the title “demolishing the culture in Alexandria”. That’s true, and it broke my heart. Apparently they are demolishing that building to build a mall instead, given it is very close to “Lageteh” street, which is a very popular ‘souk’ in Alexandria and always busy with thousands of people.
But is this enough reason to demolish a building that was built in 1942? And with the Greek Club (our bar) moving to it in 1962, the place has seen lots of the history shaping in Egypt!
This video (in Arabic) shows footages from the place, to show you how simple and nice it was, and pathetically trying to look Greek like the other Greek clubs in Alexandria 🙂
No serious steps have been taken so far to stop this from happening to my favorite bar ever, nor to all the other old places that are being demolished, all I found on the internet was the petition, and I don’t even know if the Egyptian government would take by such a thing or not, but it is worth trying, so if you have a spare minute, sign the petition to stop demolishing old buildings in Egypt.
http://cairobserver.com/post/21458366910/on-heritage-landscapes –> go there to sign the petition.