Egyptian villa earmarked for demolition

Social media campaigns launched in bid to preserve Villa Ambron

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One of Egypt’s most celebrated pieces of architecture is facing demolition.

Villa Ambron, once home to British author Lawrence Durrell, could be pulled down to make way for a high-rise development.

Durrell, who was twice shortlisted for the Nobel Prize for literature, found inspiration from his villa and its surroundings to write his masterpiece The Alexandria Quartet – a love story set amidst the background of World War II.

It is frequently featured in lists of the best English-language novels of the 20th Century.

Campaigns on social media are calling for the villa to be saved and preserved and for an overall change in the country’s policy when it comes to historic buildings.

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