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Alexandria’s Cavafy Museum Opens to the Public After Two-Year Closure

The museum pays homage to the life and works of Greek-Alexandrian poet, Constantine Cavafy.

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Alexandria’s Cavafy Museum Opens to the Public After Two-Year Closure

After a two-year closure due to restoration works, Alexandria’s famed Cavafy Museum has reopened its doors to the public.

Located in Alexandria’s central and historic Raml district, the restoration works were funded by the Greek Onassis Foundation. The Museum is housed in the former residence of the acclaimed Greek-Alexandrian poet, Constantine Cavafy, whose works touch on Alexandrian, Hellenic and hedonistic themes. Famed in the Greek-speaking world as much as in other parts of the Mediterranean, Cavafy’s oeuvre is often seen retrospectively as an homage to a cosmopolitan and diverse Alexandria of days gone by.

The residence was officially opened as a museum honouring the poet’s life and works in 1992, and was reopened in May 2024 in the presence of a number of Greek dignitaries, including the President of Greece, Ekaterini Sakellaropoulo, as well as members of Alexandria’s Hellenic community.

Cavafy’s poetic works span around 154 poems, which have been translated into about 30 different languages. The poet died in 1933 at the age of 70 years old. The restored museum contains a poetry salon, multimedia exhibitions on Cavafy’s life and works, and displays of various editions of his poetry volumes. The museum also features a sculpture of Cavafy by Alexandrian fine artist Mahmoud Moussa.

The museum is currently open free of charge to the public, with visiting times from 10 AM to 5 PM daily, except Mondays.

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