Cairo's 'City of the Dead' brought back to life

In Egypt’s “City of the Dead”, centuries-old monuments are being restored and artisanal heritage revived, turning a corner of the vast historical cemetery into a vibrant neighbourhood full of life.Wood, leather and jewellery workshops have joined those of glassblowers and others near the 15th-Century mosque of Sultan Qaitbay, in the east of the capital Cairo.From the Mamluk period, the celebrated structure – featured on Egypt’s one-pound notes – is surrounded by monumental tombs, dusty alleys and informal housing.Since 2014, a series of projects financed by the European Union has changed the f…

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