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La rue du Caire: Avenue de Suffren: Champ-de-Mars


The "Cairo Street" was a reconstitution of what was perceived as a typical Egyptian street. In the 1889 exhibit, it was financed by the Baron Delort de Gléon, who was a French entrepreneur living in Egypt. The Cairo street was a very successful attraction, and would appear again in several other World Fairs. The ornaments that can be seen on the houses had been stripped down from several Cairo buildings. The street included a smaller version of the Minaret of Qayt Bey, but the reconstitution was far from being realistic. Instead, it included many attractions that a European public would have expected (such as bellydancers and whirling dervishes), but which were not necessarily representative of what a real street of Cairo would have looked like.

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"La rue du Caire: Avenue de Suffren: Champ-de-Mars " (1889). Paris: Capital of the 19th Century. Brown Digital Repository. Brown University Library.



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