Story of a temple dedicated by Nasser to the Netherlands

28 Apr 2016
All lovers of Ancient Egypt are aware of the massive operation that took place to rescue temples and monuments from rising flood waters resulting from the construction of the Aswan Dam.   The most famous single operation, perhaps, is...

Photographers capture loss of Alexandria's historic architecture over last 20 years

19 Apr 2016
Photographers Mostafa Mamdouh and Abdallah Hanafy took to Alexandria's decades-old streets with their cameras in a quest to display how time has taken its toll on the city's historic landmarks over the last two decades.   The...

Jews of world's first ghetto reflect on Europe's migrant crisis

A depiction of the tables of the law in the Levantine synagogue is pictured in the Venice ghetto, the oldest in the world, which is making its 500the anniversary, northern Italy, March 22, 2016.
25 Mar 2016
The Jews of the world's first ghetto, which marks its 500th anniversary this month, have two words of advice for Europe as it struggles to deal with mass migration: patience and integration. More than a million people, mostly Muslims,...

On Alexandria's Fouad Street, some have a longing for the elegant past

23 Mar 2016
Along Fouad Street, a Costa coffee shop near old buildings with Italian and French architecture reminds Egyptians that commercial ventures threaten to erase traces of Alexandria's aristocratic past. Named after King Fouad I, who died...

Vintage photos reveal elegant, orderly Alexandria of a bygone era

Old picture showing Alexandria in 1900
15 Mar 2016
A Facebook page dedicated to the history of Egypt's second city, Alexandria, has posted rare photographs showing how life looked at the start of the 20th century. The "Alexandria 1900" history blog boasts a range of sepia...

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...