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Al-Qahirah / Cairo

facts in brief


Part of Braun and Hogenebrg I-55 map
Part of Braun and Hogenebrg I-55 map







Facts in brief:

Largest city in Africa; built by Arabs as military camp at Al-Fustat in 642; new part built by Fatimid dynasty 968; reached greatest prosperity as trade & cultural center 13th cen.; taken by Ottoman Turks 1517; held by French 1798-1801; evacuated by British in 1946.

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