Antique print dated 1895. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a brown frame with mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.109.
Entitled – Alexandria. – General View of the City.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Alexandria. – This port is reached from Jaffa in about fourteen hours, journeying by one of the steamers of the Khedevie line. Entering the glorious land of Egypt here, it is instructive to recall the words of a famous traveller who declared that the first word an infant is taught to lisp in the land of the Pharaohs is bakhshish. So significant is this statement, that we will say no more about the Alpha and Omega of Eastern travel. Modern Alexandria contains a population of about 231,000 of whom three-fourths are native Egyptians of every kind, and the remainder a queer medley of Moors, Arabs, adventurers from all the Levantine shores, and a few thousand merchants from Western Europe. The town is chiefly built on the isthmus now connecting the mainland with what was once the Island of Pharos, and also on the island itself, where the principal public buildings are situated. The Great Square, or Place Mohammed Ali, is the centre of European life and business; and the chief banks, hotels, and merchants’ offices are situated to the north and west of this square. There are two harbours, the western one of which is known as the Old Port, a well-protected and commodious harbour with breakwater, mole, jetty, lighthouse, and spacious quays. The general aspect of the city is an old mingling of European and Oriental life. The shops are much the same as those of any European city, and the names of the streets are in French. There is not a great deal to be seen at Alexandria; one may hire a carriage for the day for 16s. and drive to all points of interest, including Pompey’s Pillar, the Mahmoodeah Canal, the Museum, and the Mosque of 1,001 Columns.
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