The Sinnari House (Bayt Al- Sinnari), the Natural and Cultural Heritage Documentation Center and the Manuscripts Center in the Cultural Communication Sector of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, are organizing a symposium open to the public under the title: “The Sinnari House, History, Culture and Heritage” on the occasion of the 226th anniversary of the establishment of the Sinnari House, on Sunday 29 November at the Sinnari Archeological House in El Sayeda Zeinab district in Cairo.
The symposium will revolve around the history and architecture of Bayt Al- Sinnari, one of the most amazing examples of residential buildings dating back to 1794 AD. Its history was linked to the French campaign in Egypt (1798-1801 AD); where a number of the Science and Arts Committee members lived during the French campaign, the majority of whom were painters and engineers. Thanks to them, the famous Encyclopedia of Egypt Description was written. Emphasis will be placed on the architectural components of the house and the restoration operations that have been carried out on it until the Library of Alexandria turned it into a house for "Science, Culture and Arts".
The symposium includes a series of lectures. Dr. Mohamed Afifi, Head of the History Department, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University, will deliver a lecture on "The French Campaign: East meets West", Dr. Osama Talaat, Head of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, will present a lecture on "Spotlights on the History of the Sinnari House Architecture and its Reemployment", Professor Hind Mohammed Abdel Rahman; Professor of modern and contemporary history of Egypt, will explain and clarify the Bonaparte Museum in Egypt 1948-1917, and Mrs. Agnès McCain, Head of librarians and in charge of the library of the French Scientific Institute of Oriental Archeology in Cairo, will deliver a lecture on " Egypt Description: a scientific work and an editorial adventure."