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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2018 2:12 p.m. PST

"Cairo residents call it the Qal'at al-Jabal, the Fortress on the Mountain, or just al-Qal'ah, the Fortress. The rest of the world simply calls it "The Citadel." For nearly a millennium it has stood as a silent sentinel, residence, and symbol of power.

Standing on its battlements, and looking westwards provides a view of over 4500 years of architectural marvels from the mosque of Sultan Hasan, just below to the Pyramids of Giza across the Nile. From atop this fortress the awesome sweep of history is a vivid reality. It is a view that must have given even the sultans who ruled from here, cause to reflect.

But bejeweled rulers and their pampered servants and ministers were not the only ones who toiled here. It takes only a moment and a little imagination to find yourself following the footsteps of the bowmen who once manned the12th-century walls, defending the glistening city along the Nile against all enemies. Just below the battlements, a maze of stairways leads into labyrinths of narrow galleries within the walls. Arrow slits a few inches wide and set at precise angles to give defending archers greater protection create an eerie pattern of alternating shafts of shadow and sunlight…."
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Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2018 2:52 p.m. PST

I've been there. It is truly spectacular.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2018 2:01 p.m. PST



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