Gallery: Historic Cairo's Baron Palace set to open its doors to the public by early 2020
Work to $6 million restoration of the century-old Baron Empain Palace has sparked outcry.
Egyptian authorities have defended renovation works at a historic Cairo palace after the site's new look sparked mockery on social media. Many have taken issue with white marble additions to the building's rosy pink stone exterior, saying the materials are of poor quality and not in keeping with the original style. The works began in July 2017 in cooperation with the Belgian government and will cost 100 million Egyptian pounds (over $6 million), the statement added. Work is expected to be completed by year's end with plans to open the building to the public by early 2020. Egypt's multitude of historical monuments and buildings are a major draw for tourists, though the country has often faced accusations of neglecting these sites.