Journals Higher Education



Published: 01 November 2006

176 Pages | 1150 illustrations, including 100 in color

8 x 11 inches

ISBN: 9789774160080

Bookseller Code (03)


Rebirth of the City of the Sun

Agnieszka Dobrowolska

A Publication of The American University in Cairo Press

When in the early years of the twentieth century the Belgian businessman Edouard Empain began to turn his dream of building an entirely new satellite city in the desert outside Cairo into a reality, he followed the then novel urban-planning concept of the "garden city." But in naming his creation, he turned back to one of the most ancient sites in Egypt, the solar temple of Heliopolis, the biblical On, and in its architecture he sought inspiration in the heritage of Cairo's Islamic tradition. This fully illustrated book introduces the reader to the history and development of Heliopolis through its architecture and its inhabitants past and present.