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Bēhance

City of memories: Scenes from Alexandria (2)

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  • “If more of the city survived it would haunt you less, but the imagination is left to dream, and the dream for some becomes palpable, sensual and ‘real’
    The city half-imagined (yet wholly real), begins and ends in us, roots lodged in our memory”
     

    Lawrence Durrell - Balthazar (1958), second part of the Alexandria Quartet

     
  • Durrell's quote sums up the idea behind the series, it's an attempt to discover and illustrate the dichotomy and contradictions of Alexandria. The melange of different cultures, lifestyles and eras.
     
    It's meant to be viewed as a series documenting our morning walks in the old downtown of the magical city and not (the typical) artistic/postcard shots of the city.
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  • An architectural masterpiece. We were told that it was built circa 1802 by the Italians.
  • The roof of the very same building.