26 Fascinating Photos Capture Street Scenes of Egypt in the Mid-1970s

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Egypt is a country in the northeast corner of Africa, whose territory in the Sinai Peninsula extends beyond the continental boundary with Asia. It is bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south, Libya to the west, and the Mediterranean Sea to the north.

Egypt was an early and important centre of Christianity, but was largely Islamised in the seventh century and remains a predominantly Muslim country, albeit with a significant Christian minority.

Islam is the official religion of Egypt and Arabic is its official language. Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa, the Middle East, and the Arab world, the third-most populous in Africa (after Nigeria and Ethiopia), and the fifteenth-most populous in the world.

About half of Egypt’s residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta. Egypt’s economy is one of the largest and most diversified in the Middle East. It is a founding member of the United Nations, Non-Aligned Movement, Arab League, African Union, and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

These photos were taken by edk7 that show street scenes of Egypt in November 1977.

Cairo street with battered PCC streetcar tram

Donkey cart beneath Citadel mosque, Cairo, Egypt

136m Khafre pyramid from Great Pyramid of Khufu’s 140m summit, Giza, Egypt

Ancient overcrowded rickety steam boat heading south to Sudan, Lake Nasser, Nubia, Egypt

Cairo back street with porter and mosque, Egypt

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