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Post African cities street level pictures only. Things like walkways also are a plus
No skylines or anything of the sort. We want to see what African cities look like on the street level. We want to know how livable and pedestrian friendly they are. Outside shots of street side cafes are also welcomed.
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the cairo images look so european.
very nice. i like the fact that theres "old cairo" meaning they preserved the older part of the city. you dont have to tear down old buildings to raise new ones. just renovate and modernize.
 

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Most of the European-looking buildings (if not all) were built by Khedive Ismail Pasha in the mid-1800s during the Westernization period in an attempt to make Cairo the "Paris of the East". There is a massive architectural contrast in Cairo, you can basically find buildings from every era of Egyptian history starting from the Coptic era. Old Cairo used to be a slum but the government made huge strides a decade ago to renovate it and today it's one of Cairo's biggest tourist attractions. :)
 

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Most of the European-looking buildings (if not all) were built by Khedive Ismail Pasha in the mid-1800s during the Westernization period in an attempt to make Cairo the "Paris of the East". There is a massive architectural contrast in Cairo, you can basically find buildings from every era of Egyptian history starting from the Coptic era. Old Cairo used to be a slum but the government made huge strides a decade ago to renovate it and today it's one of Cairo's biggest tourist attractions. :)
most cities luck that.
they luck the history. you could just tell if a city is a 20th century city or not.
i don't know what the correlation is, but almost all the north african cities look european...on the street level.
 

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most cities luck that.
they luck the history. you could just tell if a city is a 20th century city or not.
i don't know what the correlation is, but almost all the north african cities look european...on the street level.
The European buildings are unique to certain areas in Cairo, Port Said, Alexandria and Ismailia, in the Nile Delta you wont find a single European-looking building and in our case it's because of Khedive Ismail Pasha. He even hired a French architect to do the work. I think in the case of Algiers for example it is mostly because the French considered it an integral part of their own country so they invested heavily in bringing them on par with the cities in the mainland (just a speculation).
 

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The European buildings are unique to certain areas in Cairo, Port Said, Alexandria and Ismailia, in the Nile Delta you wont find a single European-looking building and in our case it's because of Khedive Ismail Pasha. He even hired a French architect to do the work. I think in the case of Algiers for example it is mostly because the French considered it an integral part of their own country so they invested heavily in bringing them on par with the cities in the mainland (just a speculation).
isn't alexandria one of the oldest cities in egypt if not the whole continent?
how come it lacks such architecture?
and large paved clean walkways i give to north africans. no one rivals you on that. you guys got some of the most pedestrian friendly cities.
 

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isn't alexandria one of the oldest cities in egypt if not the whole continent?
how come it lacks such architecture?
and large paved clean walkways i give to north africans. no one rivals you on that. you guys got some of the most pedestrian friendly cities.
Good grief no, Alexandria is one of the youngest cities when you compare it to the Nile Valley cities. :lol: The oldest continuously inhabited city in Egypt is Fayom dating back to 4000BC. A general rule of thumb in Egypt is if the city has a Coptic name it's most likely old as ****, Fayom comes from the Fayumic Coptic name Phayom meaning "Of the Sea". Aswan, Damanhor, Luxor (Thebes), Menuf, Ena, Asyut, Ashmun, Sakulta, Tima, Akhmim etc. are all ancient cities with thousands of years on their record. Both (Old) Cairo (100AD) and Alexandria (300BC) are fairly recent arrivals. Alexandria does have its fair share of European-looking buildings but they are focused entirely in the areas known as El Manshiya and Raml Station.

Some pictures of the ancient city of Luxor (Thebes) in Upper Egypt.

Luxor, Egypt by @[email protected], on Flickr
Luxor by Eloy Rodríguez, on Flickr

Egypt 2005 Panasonic FZ28 by John Valk, on Flickr
Western Processional Way by Ubierno, on Flickr

Luxor town center by hanming_huang, on Flickr

Templo de Luxor by Marcos Rivero / Fotógrafo, on Flickr

La vida sigue, después de 4000 años ... by Eloy Rodríguez, on Flickr

luxor_dec 2008 DSCN0204 by TheJacksonsMelton, on Flickr

Luxor Horse Carriage by TravellingGypsy, on Flickr
 
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