Abdel Monaem Abdel Azim, Head of the Upper Egyptian Heritage Bureau, said that some of Luxor’s landmarks are still unknown to the majority of the public like the palace of Tawfik Pasha Andraous. The palace is one the oldest and largest palaces in Egypt. It contains a large number of antiques and art pieces of great historical value and hosted many political and religious leaders. After his death, Andraous’s daughters, Lodi and Sofi, lived in the palace until they were mysteriously murdered a few years after. It is still disputed among the heirs and the Antiquities Authority whether the palace should be demolished or turned to a historical museum.
Previously, there was another palace for Elias Pasha Andraous that stood next to Tawfik Pasha’s but has been demolished . The family, originally from Quos with Levantine roots, were prominent farmers and landowners. The palace, whose ceilings are adorned by beautiful paintings for famous Italian artists, was built by an Italian architect. The palace contains a collection of rare antiques and family photos.
The palace used to be inhabited by Lodi and Sofi whose famous murder case remains unresolved and the status of the building is now in dispute among the heirs, the Antiquities Authority and the Governorate. Luxor Baladna is voicing a plea to the authorities to preserve this palace as part of the Egyptian architectural heritage along with its contents. Instead of selling and demolishing the palace, it can open as a modern art museum with proper compensation for the heirs.