Until the completion of the Aswan High Dam in the 1950s, the annual Nile flood was a carefully watched event. Too much and ... More
Until the completion of the Aswan High Dam in the 1950s, the annual Nile flood was a carefully watched event. Too much and crops washed away; too little and the country suffered from drought. To predict crop yields and taxes, the ancient Egyptians built several Nilometers including this one at the southern tip of Roda Island. The ancient gauge has long disappeared and the one here dates to 861 CE. The site rarely sees any tourists so it is often locked. With a little persistence the caretaker can be found to guide visitors down its stone-lined shaft.
The construction, embellishment and restoration of the Religion Compound of Old Cairo is one of the most exciting and ambitious
projects to be embraced by the Egyptian Antiquities Authority today. The compound includes monuments from all three major monotheistic ...
Dedicated to and named after the granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed, this large mosque was renovated many times over the
centuries and is distinguished by its tin dome. Sayeda Zeinab sought refuge in Egypt after the Ummayads slew her ...
Often overlooked, this extensive collection of Islamic art was the brainchild of Khedive Tawfeek, son of Mohammed Ali Pasha, who
in the late 19th century sought a museum to protect Islamic artefacts from destruction. The museum occupies the ground ...
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