Living with the Dead in Cairo

There is a necropolis south-east of Cairo where the dead share their space with hundreds of thousands of people who live, work and shop amongst the tombs and mausoleums. Known as the City of the Dead the necropolis was built in the 7th century AD. Portuguese photographer Miguel Proença recently photographed this incredible suburb of Cairo.

"Many of the inhabitants reside in the territory of four miles to be near ancestors or because they were forced to move from the city center due to demolitions or urban pressures that increased from the Nasser 1950's on. The vast majority of the inhabitants emigrated from farm fields of adjacent provinces looking for work, the high cost of housing in the city center forced them to live in abandoned or rented tombs."

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