Notes on the Geography of Egypt: Historic Cairo 1: Photo 2
Immediately to the north is this slum. It used to wash right up to the city's wall, which after all provided excellent structural support, but Napoleon ordered the wall cleared in 1800. By 1943, according to Creswell, the view of the wall was again blocked, this time with "bakeries, a soap factory, shops, and hovels." At his instigation, the government once again pushed the slum back.
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