By Peter Sheehan

This booklet provides a heritage of outdated Cairo in line with new archaeological proof accrued among 2000 and 2006 in the course of a huge undertaking to decrease the groundwater point affecting the church buildings and monuments of this zone of Cairo identified by way of the Romans as Babylon. exam of the cloth and structural continues to be printed a chain of constant career extending from the 6th century BC to the current day. those comprise the big stone partitions of the canal linking the Nile to the crimson Sea, and the harbor built by means of Trajan at its front round a hundred and ten advert.

The Emperor Diocletian equipped the citadel of Babylon round the harbor and the canal in three hundred advert, and lots more and plenty new details has come to mild in regards to the building and inner format of the fort, which keeps to surround and outline the enclave of outdated Cairo. vital facts for the early medieval transformation of the realm into the nucleus of the Arab urban of al-Fustat and its later medieval improvement is additionally presented.

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