Online Exclusives

The Egyptian Postal Museum
Centuries of Connections and Communications.
Lesley Lababidi

Hidden within the noisy and congested Ataba Square, the Egyptian Postal Museum is a secret gem of Downtown Cairo.  The doors are hidden behind the gates of the Postal Office, but once you enter and present your ticket, the doors swing open like curtains onto a spectacular stage.

Published on March 2023
Smelling Sweet for Eternity
The Mystery of Egyptian Head-Cones
Jolanda Bos

What was the function of the cone-shaped objects ancient Egyptian men and women wore on their heads? And were they even real?

Published on May 2022
Chronicles in Stamps
Dr. Sherif El Kerdani and A Philatelic Telling of History
Seif El Rashidi

A country's heritage is not only safeguarded in museums. Methodical collectors who give access to their collections contribute in no small way to cultural preservation. This is the story of a passionate collector who preserves little snippets of Egypt’s history, one stamp at a time.

Published on August 2009
Fabric Palaces
The Art of Tentmaking, from the Ancient to the Modern
Seif El Rashidi

The fascinating history of the colourful and intricate appliqué tents ubiquitous at every Egyptian social occasion.

Published on March 2021
Horticultural Dreams
In Search of the Historical Gardens of Cairo
Eva Dadrian

Few of Cairo’s historical gardens remain today, but those that still exist offer a glimpse into a lush past where gardens were both a refuge from the city’s desert heat and a status symbol for its ambitious rulers.

Published on November 2009
Menhat Helmy
Uncovering the Legacy of an Egyptian Pioneer
Karim Zidan

Fifteen years after her passing, the grandson of a pioneering Egyptian artist embarks on a mission to save his grandmother’s legacy and keep her name alive.

Published on October 2019
The Birth of Khedivial Cairo
Mercedes Volait

Most of the first buildings developed in Khedivial Cairo following 1868 were gone only a couple of decades later. This is a history of the modern city's earliest days.

Published on September 2017
A Perfect Murder
Yasmine El Dorghamy

The story of a notorious 1920s murder that stirred a media frenzy in Egypt and the United Kingdom. Involving two controversial characters and pitting two different cultures against each other, the case was much more than a simple crime of passion.

Published on September 2017
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