November 26, 2008

Thoughts about “The city of the Thousand Minarets”…

Posted in English, Places, Reflections at 3:25 am by Rou...

From “Al Fustat” to “Al Askar”, all the way to “Al Qatta’i”… One capital after another for a great nation… until a marvelous city was eventually built… “Al Qahira”… which literally means “the Victorious”… and so it had always been; a subduer to all its enemies…

 

Cairo, that old city that was founded by the Fatimids, ruled by the Mamluks, followed by the Ottomans… the city of the thousand minarets… Those remnants of a once exceptional past still have their charm…

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From “Wekalat” to “Asbella and Katateeb”, from “Baths” to “Mosques” and “Schools”…

No matter which you go through, it’s always this scent of a glorious past that surrounds you; a scent that can’t but take your breath away, and leaves you wondering; how come we have reached this stage…?

 

When you walk through its alleys, and you get to see some of the few remaining crafts that – among others – Old Islamic Cairo was famous with, yet the same question pops into your mind… how come we have reached this stage…?

 

When you have a look at its domes and its minarets that seems to be rising above the crowded streets of the now chaotic, yet scenic medieval parts of old Cairo, you can’t but wander, contemplate, then give a big sigh…

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Rou…

 

* Photos by Rou…

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