Between a Post and a Stop: What Time is This Place?

Yes, Egypt!

Preservation Journey

Zeina Elcheikh writes about her encounter with a “historic” tourist attraction in Egypt.

Apologizing for using the title of Kevin Lynch’s fabulous book as a part of this piece’s title keeps me safe from being accused of committing a flagrant clone-plagiarism. However, the title of Lynch’s book is what first came to my mind when I visited “that place”. Everything began with how “that place” had been advertised to me.

“Come with us on a journey through time to the rich and exciting age of the pharaohs”, a “time brought to life by an incredible group of actors and actresses, faithful and exact reproductions of buildings”.I read these words on an Egyptian travel website to market a tourist destination in Giza (east of Cairo): The Pharaonic Village. The website, and many others, described the Village as “a time machine”, or as “an excellent complement…

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