Battleground of empires: Cairo in 5 cultures

The city of Cairo is an architectural masterpiece 5,000 years in the making, created by some of humanity's greatest empire-builders. From the pharaohs to Napoleon, Michael Scott reveals how five civilisations left their mark on Egypt's teeming capital

An elevated view of Cairo's Old City, which is home to a Roman tower, a Greek Orthodox church and an array of historical mosques and madrasas. (Photo by Getty Images)

This article was first published in the October 2018 edition of BBC History Magazine


Playground of the pharaohs

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