SHUBRA: off the beaten path

Emblem is from Khedivate Egypt 1867-1881

Emblem  from Khedivate Egypt 1867-1881

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Organized by: Amr Abo Tawila, Shaimaa Ashour & “Shurfa”‬

The Shubra Group

The Shubra Group

 

A morning tour of Shubra, a district in Cairo, is an unusual way to spend a Friday morning. But for a group of young Egyptian professionals, it does raise the question, ‘why’?  Taking advantage of a new event organized by Megawra, young Egyptian’s want to know their city and the organizers at Megawra have responded with a tour to Daher, Shubra and after the summer to Dokki.

What is there to see in Shubra? Plenty!  We wandered for 5 hours. Of course, the organizers had done their research with plenty of information to impart at every stop: streets are lined with 19th and 20th century architectural gems, old churches, the Mamluk Khandazar mosque, schools and hospital, and remnants of the past such as photograph studio, knife-maker, and even a WWII bunker.

Below is a mosaic of a day in Shubra. (Pass the cursor over the photo for the caption.)

Follow City Walks on  Facebook or Twitter at #ShubraCityWalk

See old photographs of Kitchener of Khartoum Hospital (now Shubra General Hospital), here (http://shoubrahospital.com) .

To see “elevator baskets in action” in Shubra, go to Cairo Colors

By special request, a slideshow of pictures:

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