Objects from the Byzantine period discovered under the palace of Andraos in Luxor: Supreme Council of Antiquities – Greco-Roman – Antiquities


Objects discovered under Androas Palace in Luxor (Photo: Supreme Council of Antiquities)

The find is one of many ancient treasures unearthed beneath the palace after it was demolished a month ago, including a collection of bronze Roman coins, remains of a Roman wall, and a collection of icons from different ages, according to the secretary general of the Supreme Court. Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri.

The decision to demolish the palace was taken by the Luxor Governorate after the committee investigating its condition ruled that its unstable foundations threatened both the nearby Luxor Temple and pedestrians walking along the ledge of the Nil because he could have collapsed at any time.

The palace is not considered a monument because it is not inscribed on the list of Egyptian heritage.

Andraos Bishara was one of Luxor’s most important figures at the start of the 20th century. Upon arriving in Luxor from his hometown of Qus in the 1880s, he decided to build his family home within the grounds of the Luxor Temple with views across the Nile to the Theban Necropolis.

He invests part of his fortune in purchasing land that extends to the Colossi of Memnon on the west bank in Luxor. His son Tawfiq gradually became a key figure in the city and built his own house next to his father’s, which had been demolished earlier.

The son’s palace was inhabited by the Andraos family until 2013, when the bodies of Tawfiq’s two daughters were found dead, believed to have been murdered, inside. The palace has since been abandoned.

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