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Cairo is an exploding modern metropolis of eighteen million people that nevertheless preserves within its heart the finest medieval city in the world, its alleys, mosques, and caravanserais the original setting for the Arabian Nights, whose atmosphere is palpable still for the visitor wandering through its bazaars, while at sunset the Pyramids glow gold against the Western Desert as they have done for one million seven hundred thousand evenings past. The monuments of pharaohs and sultans lie within the city's reach, making Cairo and its environs an unequaled storehouse of human achievement. In this guide to the largest city in Africa and the political and cultural fulcrum of the Arab world, Michael Haag explores Cairo's past and present in word and picture, from Saqqara to the Citadel of Saladin, from the ancient synagogue and churches of Old Cairo to the skyscrapers along the Nile, from Khan al-Khalili, the vast bazaar as intricate as inlay work, to the Belle Epoque faades of the downtown streets, and introduces you to the treasures of three great civilizations at the Islamic, Coptic, and Egyptian Antiquities museums. Beautifully illustrated with 150 color photographs, this is a fascinating armchair tour of Cairo in all its variety.
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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 7.75" Height: 11" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2006
Publisher American University in Cairo Press
ISBN 9774249356 ISBN13 9789774249358
Availability 0 units.
More About Michael Haag
Historian and writer Michael Haag has written widely on the Egyptian, Classical, and Medieval worlds. He is the author of The Templars: The History & the Mythand Alexandria: City of Memory, a definitive study of Cavafy, Forster, and LawrenceDurrell in the city, as well as travel guides to Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt. He livesin London.
Reviews - What do customers think about Cairo Illustrated?
Very nice photos Sep 13, 2007
For a person like me who has been to Cairo many times, this book offered me the chance to look at my favourite place once more. For those of you who have never been to Cairo and want to see what it looks like, I think this book gives you a good idea. Very nice pictures, I recommend it!
El Cahera or Cairo in Arabic Feb 15, 2007
I was born in Cairo, by Italian parents,and I must say that Mr.Haag has done a superb job in going around and discovering all these fantastic places.I saw some, but not all.Indeed it has fascinated me the way he pictured them,and wrote about the locations that he saw.Through his own photographic eye. This book is particularily interesting if you are a woman and would like to visit some of the old mosques, but cannot go to Egypt.It is very hard to go into the mosques as a foreign woman.It is a treasure of art to see.Also some other pictures represent street scenes which are absolutely great.Everywhere you go to Egypt, you will never have the same picture again.One because the peopleare in constant movement,and second the light changes whether it is during the morning or at sunset.The sunsets are just breathtaking,and it also affects the photography and the scene that you are depicting. Mr. Haag goes around easily being a man, and it is more difficult to go in certain coffee places when you are a woman.You cannot go infact. Enjoy this book he has done a superb job.