Snake charmers, feluccas on the Nile and bustling streets: Stunning century-old images show Cairo on the cusp of change
- These images, taken between 1900 and 1936, reveal life in Cairo at a time when it’s rapidly expanding
- It’s one of the oldest, continuously inhabited cities in the world having begun under the Roman rule
- There’s photographs of people going about their day-to-day business as well as mesmerising scenery
The city of Cairo is among one of the oldest, continuously inhabited places in the world.
It started life close to 2,000 years ago, under Roman occupation, but was only given its current name around 1,000 years ago.
The English name of Cairo is in fact a derivative of its Arabic name Al-Qahirah, meaning The Victorious.
These vintage images, taken between 1900 and 1936, illustrate life in the Egyptian capital at a time when it was experiencing rapid population growth according to Mashable.
They reveal everyday life in the city as well as the timeless tourism appeal and mesmerising sights that have captured the imagination of travellers throughout history.