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Cavafy Museum Alexandria belongs to Mr. Constantine Cavafy. He was born in 1863, in Alexandria, Egypt and where he lived most of his life. The apartment where he spent his last 35 years was in Lepsius Street. It renamed “Sharm El Sheikh”. Moreover, it was after the site at the entrance of the Bay of Aquaba, made over into a museum. It done to honor the life and works of the great Alexandrian poet. After Cavafy’s death in 1933, his apartment turned into a cheap hostel. A museum of sorts later created on the upper floor of the Greek Consulate General. It is within the Hellenic Quarter of Chatby, Alexandria.
Although the poet’s furniture sold by his heirs, his library saved. Moreover, it saved by the eminent Cavafologist Prof. George Savidis. The Cavafy International Committee leased the poet’s apartment in 1991. Cavafy Museum Alexandria opened to the public on November 16th 1992. With the help of Cavafy’s friends, the apartment has given some of the “atmosphere” of his life. In fact, photographs used to help in the reconstruction of the furniture and the general surroundings. Cavafy Museum Alexandria contains a wide range of bibliographical material. It also has translations of Cavafy’s poetry in 20 languages by 40 different scholars. It also has most of the 3,000 articles and works written about his poetry.
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Tribute also paid to the important personalities influenced. It was by the Poet – a room in the house which dedicated to the author Stratis Tsirkas. The Alexandria of Cavafy’s time was different to the city we know today. That city we see depicted in his works. It is also in those of E.M. Forster, Lawrence Durell , and Stratis Tsirkas. Cavafy lived in an area sandwiched between the red-light Attarin and the center of a city. It recognized as the crossroads of civilization . It is what Cavafy himself called the “capital of memories”.
Cavafy’s home situated between the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and the bordellos of the City. In fact, it characterized by the poet as “The Temple of the Soul”. It also done as “the Temple of the Body” and “the Temple of the Flesh”. Cavafy’s Museum indeed is a “must” for all visitors to Alexandria.
Cavafy Museum Alexandria runs under the auspices of the Cultural Section of the Greek Embassy in Cairo. It is open Tues -Sun 10.00 – 15.00, Thurs & Sun 10.00 – 17.00.
For further information tel: + 203 4825205-4821598