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The Monuments of Historic Cairo: A Map and Descriptive Catalogue

The Monuments of Historic Cairo: A Map and Descriptive Catalogue

Hardback American Research Center in Egypt's Conservation Language: English / Spanish

By (author) Nicholas Warner

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  • Publisher: The American University in Cairo Press
  • Format: Hardback | 294 pages
  • Language: English / Spanish
  • Dimensions: 249mm x 333mm x 31mm | 2,313g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Cairo
  • ISBN 10: 9774248414
  • ISBN 13: 9789774248412
  • Illustrations note: 50 illustrations, 31 foldout maps
  • Sales rank: 1,970,751

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Comprising thirty-one maps at a metric scale of 1:1,250 and a descriptive catalogue, The Monuments of Historic Cairo marks the first time that the city's significant architectural heritage has been mapped in ground plan within the present-day urban context. The work surveys an area of nearly six square kilometers, stretching from the city's northern walls southward to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun and the Citadel. It documents an extraordinary variety of historically important monuments ranging from the tenth through the nineteenth century, and includes street patterns that have now disappeared but that are crucial for understanding how the city has developed over the course of more than a thousand years. The catalogue provides historical information about more than 500 key buildings situated in the historic core of Cairo (one of the first cities inscribed on the World Heritage list), and includes scholarly bibliographical references, as well as details of each building's conservation history. More than two hundred buildings are documented here for the first time. Funded by the United States Agency for International Development and financed by the Egyptian Antiquities Project of the American Research Center in Egypt, The Monuments of Historic Cairo records the city's urban fabric and its architectural treasures, enhancing our understanding of the morphology and architecture of one of the world's great historic cities.

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Nicholas Warner is an architect trained at Cambridge University and the School of Design, Harvard University. He came to Egypt in 1992 to conduct research on the Islamic Architecture of Cairo. Since then he has participated in or directed a number of projects related to the documentation, preservation, and presentation of historic structures and archaeological sites. In addition to these projects, Nicholas Warner has lectured and published widely on the subject of the historic architecture of Cairo.