Cairo’s downtown slow revival amid efforts to restore architectural heritage

The collapse of an old building in downtown Cairo has shed light on the state of historic buildings in the area, while heritage preservation is the focus of various projects.

A correspondent in Egypt | Architecture | Sep 14, 2020
al-monitor A policeman stands by the rubble at the scene of a building collapse along Qasr el-Nile street in the Egyptian capital Cairo's downtown district, August 15, 2020. Photo by KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images.

Al-Madaq: A new virtual archive documenting Cairo’s history

An Egyptian historian created a website that reviews the history of Cairo through several historical maps, texts and photographs.

A correspondent in Egypt | Architecture | Aug 10, 2020

Egypt inaugurates iconic Baron Palace amid renewed interest in Heliopolis heritage

The exotic Baron Palace, inspired by Hindu architecture, in Cairo’s Heliopolis district was inaugurated after years of renovation works, with the aim to become a new tourist destination.

A correspondent in Egypt | Architecture | Jul 8, 2020

Baghdad's monuments fall apart or destroyed despite laws

Laws cannot protect Baghdad's monumental buildings, particularly when owners prefer that they fall down so they can replace them with modern buildings.

Ali Abdulhadi al-Mamouri | Architecture | Apr 13, 2020

In Cairo, different architectural styles mingle with each other

Egypt's plans to celebrate its multi-layered Islamic heritage stumbles upon coronavirus measures.

Hani Sameer | Cultural heritage | Apr 6, 2020