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CLEOPATRA’S PALACE AND ROYAL BARQUE

UN-SITED (CIRCA 1978)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

The theme celebrated Egypt’s last Pharoahnic ruler, Daughter of Ptolemy III, Cleopatra, Queen of Upper and Lower Egypt, seducer of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. 

 

With designs inspired by Cleopatra’s girlhood home in the western desert at Marsa Matruh, the exterior and interior fittings are as close to what actually existed as practicality allows.  It was designed to fit on a relatively narrow riverside site.  If built upon an escarpment as a single loaded hotel Cleopatra’s Palace would contain 200+ rooms, or 400+ as a double loaded design.  It was designed as a short-term-stay experience with some public meeting space.  

 

Research uncovered the actual menu and recipes of the Great Feast of Tarsus served by Cleopatra to Mark Antony on the eve of their assignation.  Reputedly the feast is one of the most memorable meals ever presented.  This occasion will be re-enacted nightly in the presence of "Queen Cleopatra", "Mark Antony" and their invited guests. 

 

As the hotel is a low rise structure, the materials and building techniques to be used are locally inspired.  For authenticity's sake, finishes are slightly less than the usual five stars.  Furnishings are handcrafted by local artisans.  The Royal Barque deceptively appears to contain the casino, but in reality its entrance leads underneath the quayside and belows the hotel's reception lobby.  

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