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Egypt - Modern Downtown district - Cityscape along river Nile after sunset

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Egypt - Cairo - القاهرة‎ - al-Qāhira - Capital of Egypt & Largest city in Middle East - Modern Downtown district - Cityscape along river Nile

 

A journey through Cairo is virtual time travel: from the Pyramids, the Hanging Church, Saladin's Citadel, the Virgin Mary's Tree, the Sphinx, and Heliopolis, to Al-Azhar, the Mosque of Amr ibn al-A'as, Saqqara, the Cairo Tower, and the Old City. It is the Capital of Egypt, and its history is intertwined with that of the country. Today, Cairo's official name is Al-Qahira (Cairo), although the name informally used by most Egyptians is "Masr" (Egyptian Arabic name for Egypt), from the original name of Egypt's first Arab capital Fustat, Misr al-Fustat, "City of the Tents". It is also titled as "The City of A Thousand Minarets".

 

This photo was taken shortly after sunset from Hilton Ramses hotel. The tall building on the left is Cairo Tower (Arabic: برج القاهرة‎), it is a free-standing concrete TV tower in Cairo, Egypt. It stands in Zamalek district on Gezira Island in the River Nile, in the city centre. At 187 metres, it is 43 metres higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza, which stands some 15 km to the southwest. It is one of Cairo's most famous landmarks.

 

Camera Model: PENTAX K20D, Photo Focal length: 29.38 mm, Aperture: 16, Exposure time: 30.0 s, ISO: 200

 

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Taken on October 24, 2008