The Yacoubian Building

The Yacoubian Building (or Édifice Yacoubian, as officially named in French upon its completion) is an edifice in Cairo, Egypt. It was built in 1937 and become the home of the crème de la crème of Egyptian society, who lived in the building during the city’s heyday of the 1930s and 1940s. Located on No. 34 on Talaat Harb, Cairo, the art deco style edifice was named after its owner and businessman Hagop Yacoubian.

The once-chic, now rundown, building serves as a metaphor for Cairo’s own deterioration particularly in the 2003 Arabic language novel The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany.

Based on the book, an award-winning film was made in 2006 also entitled The Yacoubian Building directed by Marwan Hamed. The film was reportly the highest-budgeted film in the history of Egyptian cinema at the time. The film is available on Netflix as well and is certainly one all should take the time to watch.

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