Tahrir Square and the Nile

Sunset across the Nile. Sunset looking across the Nile from near Tahrir Square Over the last few years Tahrir Square has become the most famous area of Cairo. It is not a formal square like Lý Thái Tổ Go to another page. in Hà Nội, or Russell Square in London, but more an evolving area with the old Egyptian Museum Go to another page. (now replaced by a new building on the west of the city) on one side, and the massive Modernist Mogamma Building at the far corner. Much of the area is rather unplanned, but its delight is the adjacent Nile. Talaat Square. A few hundred metres from Tahrir Square is Talaat Square, a circus showing French flavour and dignity in its fine buildings - sensations rather lacking in its more famous neighbour Mogamma Building. The Mogamma Building completed in 1949, in the south east corner of Tahrir Square, replaced the British barracks that had been demolished at the order of King Farouk Egypt Museum. The main facade of the enthralling Egypt Museum -
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The north side of Tahrir Square. Tahrir Square is largely open and 'informal'. With its tube station and spacious streets it belies Cairo's chronic transport problems The Presidential Palace. The Presidential palace, with its peaceful palmed assembly area, sits a short walk from Tahrir Square Palms in front of the Presidential Palace. The shade provided in front of the presidential palace offers a place to linger - and maybe phone Village square scene. In contrast to the tranquility of the palms, neighbouring streets have these poignant blast protection walls Car in narrow lane. Lanes seem endless in length and multitude American car. Considering the network of narrow lanes, which make up much of Cairo, there are some surprisingly large cars Hotel overshadowing riverside garden. Along the banks of the Nile, just south of Tahrir Square, gardens squeeze in between the road and river, contrasting with the hotels rising along the banks beyond Garden at the centre of the city. Gardens along the Nile banks with vegetables and flowers Hilton hotel. David at the Hilton - one of numerous hotels in the area River boat. The river is gently busy with small craft, many offering trips lasting from an hour to days The view down the river from the town centre. Riverscape - looking downstream to the north Tea seller. A tea seller under '6th October Bridge' has seats arranged along the waterside... Multi-decked boats moored across the river. ...and aross the river are ranged these huge pleasure boats now providing venues for music and eating Men phoning at sunset. Sunset, the Nile and phones... The 6th October Bridge. The '6th October Bridge' marks the date of the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, and is part of a 20 kilometre overhead road that cuts through Cairo's centre Police getting out of launch. ...and the men disembark - to get some tea Police launch. A police boat comes over the river... Trap amongst cars. This picture needs an apology for its technical poverty, but shows an irresistible juxtaposition of Cairo's history and its biggest problem Under the 6th October bridge. At the left of the railings an enveloped, but un-veiled woman discreetly phones, up to the right a group of men conspicuously talk, overhead the six lane road thunders
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Sunset over Nile under bridge. The Nile at sunset, framed by part of unfinished public works - again Cairo The next page is about the Egypt Museum where some of its store of 120,000 treasures are on display, and from which the page will bring you a rather miserly handful - extraordinary nonetheless. Eighteenth dynasty chapel. line
Saturday 18th March 2017 Murphy on duty

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