French historian Filiu tackles history of secularism in Egypt

08 Feb 2016
French historian Jean-Pierre Filiu, a professor of Middle East studies at the Paris School of International Affairs, held on Sunday a conference at the French Cultural Central that tackled the history of secularism, Islam and nationalism...

Culture capital Wroclaw at crossroads of central Europe history

© AFP / by Michel Viatteau | Formerly known as Breslau and part of Germany before the end of World War II, Wroclaw will share the limelight with fellow capital of culture San Sebastian on Spain's northern Basque coast
16 Jan 2016
Long a symbol of Polish-German reconciliation, Poland's western city of Wroclaw will become a European culture capital this year highlighting its history at the crossroads of political upheaval in central Europe.   Formerly known...

PM opens recently built Nile Museum in Aswan

The Nile Museum in Aswan
10 Jan 2016
Prime Minister Sherif Ismail opened on Sunday the Nile Museum in the southern province of Aswan, a LE82 million project telling the history of the Nile River and projects implemented along its banks.   The event was attended by...

Two famous Cairo neighborhoods: A look back through history

16 Dec 2015
Abbasseya   Abbasseya is a famous neighborhood that connects west Cairo to east Cairo. It is where Ain Shams University is located. But this busy district underwent many transformations. It was once a barren desert, then an affluent...

Pharaohs first to use cosmetics: Zahi Hawass

27 Nov 2015
Pharaohs were the first to have discovered cosmetic surgery three thousand years ago and used cosmetics, said former Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass.   Pharaohs used herbs for beauty purposes to...

Titanic menu, JFK limo license plates head to auction block

103-year-old Titanic lunch menu up for auction
08 Nov 2015
A menu from the last dinner served to first-class passengers aboard the Titanic before it sank in 1912 is among a few surviving artifacts from the ill-fated ship's journey that will be auctioned off on Saturday.   The menu will be...

Finnish researcher guides visitors to popular Tanta shrines

Samuli Schielke, a Finnish anthrpologist during a visit to al-Sayyed al-Badawi shrine in Tanta, Gharbiya
05 Nov 2015
Guests at an international poetry festival in the city of Tanta, Gharbiya, made a brief visit Wednesday to the shrine of al-Sayyed al-Badawi, a saint-like figure popular among Muslims in the province.   Since many of the Egyptian...

Alex to demolish 85-year-old villa

The historical Shekorel villa in Alexandria nears demolitions
31 Oct 2015
Local authorities in Alexandria have begun demolitions at a historical villa dating back to the early 1900s, as the current owners of the site are planning a new construction.   The villa, a 1930 construction attributed to a wealthy...

Documentary movies to be displayed at Opera House starting Thursday

Cairo Opera House
29 Oct 2015
The Center for Documentation of Cultural and Natural Heritage, one of the research centers at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, will organize sessions to display documentary films produced by the center at the Opera House's Hanager Center...

Celtic links from pre-history to now at British Museum show

A visitor looks at The Gundestrup cauldron displayed in the 'Celts: art and identity' exhibition at the British Museum in London, Britain in this September 23, 2015 file photo.
21 Oct 2015
 In a darkened gallery of the British Museum, where spotlights catch the intricate swirling decoration of Celtic Iron Age metalwork, visitors are confronted by a face from another world.   It belongs to a 2,500-year-old red...