1895 Print over 100 years old Suez the old Town (also available unframed)


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Antique print dated 1895.

The page is over 115 years old and in good condition.

In order to enhance and protect the page we have set in within a bespoke frame and mount.

Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a 
gold frame, your choice.  RtW.147.

Entitled – Suez. View in the Old Town.

Below the picture an inscription reads:

Suez. – A Dutch or Italian steamer takes us from Port Said to the town of Suez, which place has greatly declined, owing to the changes in the mail arrangements.

According to tradition , this is the spot where the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, under the guidance of Moses.

Suez has a population of 11,000 but during the cutting of the Canal the number of persons increased to more than 15,000.

   The town is situated at the north-west head of the Gulf, and is seventy miles east of Cairo; there are walls on three sides, the town being open to the sea on the north-east.

Many of the fine quays and warehouses are unused, chiefly because of the transfer of the mails to Ismailia.

On the heights above the old town is the chalet of the Khedive, from which one obtains a magnificent view; in the foreground are the town, the harbour, the roadstead, and the mouth of the Canal; to the right is seen the range of Gebel Attakah, whose dark heights hem in the Red Sea; and away to the left are the rosy peaks of the Mount Sinai range.

Every Monday one of the mail steamers of the Khedivieh Company leaves Suez for Suakin, and every alternate Monday for Aden.

The only attractions that Suez can offer is a trip to the Ayun Musa, or Wells of Moses, which are reached by means of ferry-boat and donkeys.

This is really an oasis, formed by a collection of springs, and  surrounded by tamarisk bushes and palm trees.

There are a few houses and gardens here, belonging to some Arabs and Europeans who have settled in the district.

Most of the “Wells” are mere holes dug in sand and clay, but one of them is built up of massive masonry of great age.

Dean Stanley refers to Ayun Musa as “the Richmond of Suez,” since the oasis has become a regular picnicking place for the inhabitants of the town.

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original and not a photocopy.

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