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February 17, 2008

Crenellations

Filed under: Cairo — scotsabroad @ 6:23 pm

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  Gayer-Anderson Museum           Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun

Quite a week. Egypt retained the African Cup last Sunday and the city went mental. Watched the game and they deserved the win against Cameroon. Great football and fitness. Played a passing game. This now needs to rub off on the staff and students at our school (at the grass roots level) who find passing difficult to say the least. Miss Engy, a teaching assistant in Cairo’s class, invited us to her wedding last night. Engy is a Coptic Christian and was married to Tony at St Marks Church in Heliopolis at 8pm. The ceremony lasted about an hour with much chanting and blood letting. Well, I think their blood was symbolically mixed by pricking their thumbs (perhaps I’ve watched too many episodes of the Sopranos) as a lot of tissues were being passed around. However Shona assures me they were for wiping off the ink from the pens used to sign the register. Great experience having arrived early to catch the end of the evening service and Engy looked fabulous.

Today we drove to Central Cairo. We took the boys to the Gayer-Anderson Museum. Two old houses are joined together with a bridge on the second floor and the property was developed by a Major John Gayer- Anderson in the 1930s. The boys had great fun walking around the house, running up and down the corridors and stairs, and finding secret doors. Brilliant example of an old Islamic house and well worth a visit. The house was used as a setting for a scene in ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’ as was the mosque Ibn Tulun next door.  This was a cracking mosque and the oldest in Cairo. The mosque seemed to have been in a shocking state up until the year 2000 but it has been magnificently restored. The boys are pictured below in the mosque courtyard where a fountain provided water for ablutions. We had read about the unusual crenellations on top of the walls in Lesley Lababidi’s book, Cairo, the Family Guide, but it was still fun to notice the resemblance to paper doll cut outs.

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P.S. Shona has recently seen the great Omar Sharif.

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1 Comment »

  1. The boys look even more relaxed!!!!
    Granny and i loved the pictures at the top of this entry – really good composition and what a classic beauty the bride was

    Comment by Granpa Fraser — February 19, 2008 @ 8:40 pm | Reply


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