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These 27 Recently Unearthed Photos From The 1800s Show What Life Was Really Like in Egypt

Mashable uncovered and published the stunning, historic snapshots.

Staff Writer

The American media company Mashable uncovered and published timeless photos that were taken some time between 1870 and 1890 by Greek photographer brothers C. and G. Zangaki.

Not much is known about the two aside from the fact that their photos were used principally as souvenirs for tourists, according to Mashable.

Now, however, they provide a rare look at what Egyptians were like around 150 years ago:

A Bicharin soldier. The Bicharin are a tribe of the Beja nomadic ethnic group that live in southern Egypt and Sudan.

A man stands on the Great Sphinx of Giza.

Two Arab women in traditional dress.

European tourists and local guides climb one of the pyramids at Giza.

A Nubian man.

A young boy with a donkey.

Men at the entrance to the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The mummy of Seti I, who reigned around 1290-1279 BCE.

The mummy of Ramesses II, who reigned 1279-1213 BCE.

A Bicharin woman.

An Arabic professor, Cairo.

A Bicharin man.

A Turkish dancer.

Vendors in a bazaar.

A barber.

The Obelisk of Heliopolis.

Tourist and guides with camel.

Students in the Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo.

A ship in the Suez Canal.


River view, Alexandria.

Bicharin men on camels.

Palm grove near the pyramids.

Turkish woman on a couch.

Caravan passing a dredging barge.

Camel riders near the pyramids.

Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara.

Flooded banks of the Nile.

Photo and Caption Credit: Mashable Inc. and Rijksmuseum via Europeana.

Check out Mashable's original article here.