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Notes on the Geography of Egypt: Paris on the Nile: Photo 33

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Not much to look at now, but this is the Bab el-Louk Market, a project of the Societe Des Halles Centrales d'Egypte. It opened in 1911, with customers coming not only from wealthy local neighborhoods but by interurban train from distant Maadi, a garden suburb to the south. Maadi had been launched in 1904 by the same investors, operating as the Egyptian Delta Land & Investment Company. At the market's opening, Le Journal du Caire wrote that "everything can be found at the new Bab al-Louk market. Besides ample office space on the first floor, the ground floor abounds with grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, beerstubes, pharmacies, pastries and bakeries." The basement had a refrigerated storehouse for meat and dairy products.

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