Islamic Monuments in Cairo

Islamic Monuments in Cairo

The Practical Guide

eBook - 2002
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This volume describes 225 Islamic monuments (29 color photographs, 24 illustrations, 16 maps) in the Egyptian city of Cairo. It includes introductory chapters on historical background and architecture, individual description of each monument that notes important features, sketch maps showing their location, and ratings of their importance. The monuments are listed according to a possible visitor's itinerary traveling from the south of the city to the north. Distributed in the US by International Publishers Marketing. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (


Cairo’s Islamic monuments are part of an uninterrupted tradition that spans over a thousand years of building activity. No other Islamic city can equal Cairo’s spectacular heritage, nor trace its historical and architectural development with such clarity. The discovery of this historic core, first visually by nineteenth-century western artists then intellectually by twentieth-century Islamic art specialists, now awaits the delight of the general visitor. This new, fully revised edition of a popular and handy guide continues to walk the visitor around two hundred of the city’s most interesting Islamic monuments. It also keeps pace with recent restoration initiatives and newly opened monuments such as the Amir Taz Palace and the Sitt Wasila House. “This book ought to be in the luggage of every visitor to Cairo. Furthermore, once home, lovers and students of Cairo’s architecture will find it a convenient and accurate quick reference as well as a cherished souvenir of many profitable and enjoyable rambles among the monuments of Cairo.” —Jonathan M. Bloom, Journal of the American Research Center in Egypt “Any visitor to Cairo who wants to see the monuments should not be without it.” —Bernard O’Kane “Anyone interested in knowing more about Cairo’s Islamic architecture should pick up the excellent Islamic Monuments in Cairo: The Practical Guide.” —Lonely Planet: Cairo, 1998

Publisher: Cairo ; New York : American University in Cairo Press, ©2002
Edition: New, rev., 5th ed
ISBN: 9781417522910
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 264 pages, [16] pages of plates) : illustrations (some color), maps


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