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Photographs of Egypt in the Late 19th and Early 20th Century

  • Cairo Citadel. Interior of the Al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalaun (or Qalawun) Mosque, ca. 1865
  • Citadel and Mamluk Tombs, Cairo, ca. 1865
  • Citadel and Mosque of Mohammed Ali in Cairo, ca. 1860
  • Coptic Houses, Cairo, ca. 1860
  • Egyptian Home (Interior), Cairo, ca. 1865 - 1
  • Egyptian Home (Interior), Cairo, ca. 1865 - 2
  • Egyptian Home (Interior, Staircase), Cairo, ca. 1865
  • Egyptian Temple Complex in Asyout, 1914 - 1
  • Egyptian Temple Complex in Asyout, ca. 1914 -2
  • Egyptian Temple Complex, Asyout, ca. 1914 - 3
  • Egyptian Temple Complex, Asyout, ca. 1914 - 4
  • Egyptian Temple Complex, Asyout, ca. 1914 - 5
  • Festival Hall, Karnak, ca. 1865
  • Group of Minarets in Asyout, ca. 1865
  • Mameluke House, Cairo, ca. 1865
  • Pyramid of Khafre and Sphinx, Giza, ca. 1865
  • Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure (Chefren and Mykerinus), Giza, ca. 1865
  • Temple Complex at Karnak, ca. 1914 - 1
  • Temple Complex at Karnak, ca. 1914 - 2
  • Temple Complex at Luxor, ca. 1914
  • Temple of Amon, Hypostyle Hall, Karnak, ca. 1865
  • The Sanctuary, Karnak, ca. 1865
  • Tombs of the Khalifs, Cairo, ca. 1865

In the late nineteenth century, many Western archaeologists and tourists were fascinated by the ruins of ancient Egypt. They took lots of incredible photos and drew detailed sketches. Here are some of the photos showing 19th century Egypt.

Egyptian Temple Complex, Asyout, ca. 1914

Egyptian Temple Complex in Asyout, 1914 - 1

Egyptian Temple Complex in Asyout, ca. 1914 -2

Egyptian Temple Complex, Asyout, ca. 1914 - 3

Egyptian Temple Complex, Asyout, ca. 1914 - 4

Egyptian Temple Complex, Asyout, ca. 1914 - 5

Group of Minarets, Asyout, ca. 1865

Group of Minarets in Asyout, ca. 1865

Cairo Citadel. Interior of the Al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala’un (or Qalawun) Mosque, ca. 1865

Cairo Citadel. Interior of the Al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalaun (or Qalawun) Mosque, ca. 1865

Temple Complex at Karnak, ca. 1914

Temple Complex at Karnak, ca. 1914 - 1

Temple Complex at Karnak, ca. 1914 - 2

Citadel and Mosque of Mohammed Ali, Cairo, ca. 1860

Citadel and Mosque of Mohammed Ali in Cairo, ca. 1860

Pyramid of Khafre and Sphinx, Giza, ca. 1865

Pyramid of Khafre and Sphinx, Giza, ca. 1865

Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure (Chefren and Mykerinus), Giza, ca. 1865

Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure (Chefren and Mykerinus), Giza, ca. 1865

Citadel and Mamluk Tombs, Cairo, ca. 1865

Citadel and Mamluk Tombs, Cairo, ca. 1865

The Sanctuary, Karnak, ca. 1865

The Sanctuary, Karnak, ca. 1865

Coptic Houses, Cairo, ca. 1860

Coptic Houses, Cairo, ca. 1860

Temple of Amon, Hypostyle Hall, Karnak, ca. 1865

Temple of Amon, Hypostyle Hall, Karnak, ca. 1865

Egyptian Home (Interior), Cairo, ca. 1865

Egyptian Home (Interior), Cairo, ca. 1865 - 1

Egyptian Home (Interior), Cairo, ca. 1865 - 2

Egyptian Home (Interior, Staircase), Cairo, ca. 1865

Egyptian Home (Interior, Staircase), Cairo, ca. 1865

Festival Hall, Karnak, ca. 1865

Festival Hall, Karnak, ca. 1865

Mameluke House, Cairo, ca. 1865

Mameluke House, Cairo, ca. 1865

Tombs of the Khalifs, Cairo, ca. 1865

Tombs of the Khalifs, Cairo, ca. 1865

Temple Complex at Luxor, ca. 1914

Temple Complex at Luxor, ca. 1914

Source: Cornell University Library

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