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)

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