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The Egyptian House

Chapel St., Penzance, England
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Ranked #13 of 24 Attractions in Penzance
Type: Architectural Buildings, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one of Cornwall’s most...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: A rare survivor of that splendid era, The Egyptian House is probably one of Cornwall’s most flamboyantly designed buildings with is ornate lotus columns and stylised cornices. In amongst the traditional Egyptian symbolism and sphinx-like adornments, you can find the royal coat of arms of George III and William IV.John Lavin lived in the upstairs part of the house, while housing his mineral collection on the ground floor. His extensive collection was eventually sold by his son and it is understood that it has since been donated to the Oxford University Museum.The building had fallen into disrepair by the 1960s, but was purchased by The Landmark Trust in 1968 and restored to its original glory by 1973. The upstairs apartments are available as holiday lets from the trust.Downstairs is home to Pure Nuff Stuff, Penzance's own natural cosmetics company. The shop is open every day during Summer - you can watch the products being made on one side of the building and browse the shop on the other side.

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Vancouver, Canada
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154 reviews 154 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I had read about this building and was planning to take a special walk to see it. However, when I stumbled upon it while gazing at other buidings on this street, I was taken aback as it is so colourful and ornately decorated. It has an interesting history and is a showstopper in Penzance which one must stop to stare... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a fantastic egyptian decorated building stuck in the middle of a road, stunning egyptian decor, stand back and take the photos this is really an unusual piece.

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PARIS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

When you come in front of this building, you just can't believe your eyes ! the Egyptian House is a mad egyptologist's dream, a sort of house you just see nowhere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Walked past and had to stop and look, wasn't sure if you could go in but it did make us stop and look!!!

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

We stayed in the first floor flat of those amazing building. The exterior is amazing and inside is classic in style and comfortable. It is our first landmark stay and it took a while to get used to passerbyes staring up. The shop on the ground floor is full of lovely toiletries and the owner is very knowledgeable about the... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very unique landmark: it's worth passing by and having a look. There are shops in the building so I just enjoyed the facade but it stands out from the other buildings who have a more traditional architecture.

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Very attractive and intresting building, though i know very little about it. I have seen it many times as i walk past but i almost forget its there sometimes.

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Emerald, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

we walked along chapel street after the shops were shut at the end of a busy day. The facade of the shop was quite remarkable and we enjoyed the view from outside. Don't know anything about the interior. It was lovely to look at from the outside

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013 via mobile

Stayed in the 3rd floor apartment with 12yr old grand daughters. Lovely accommodation with breathtaking views of St.Michaels Mount from the bay window in the lounge. Apartment was a good size and reasonably priced. Location was excellent for all we wanted to do. It was clean and tidy. Whilst we chose to eat out there is a nicely appointed kitchen.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

not sure about this building, but if you haven't seen deco disasters before, this can be quite an eye opener

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