Thursday, October 30, 2008

Concealed Shelter

This is not a model of a rocket but a folded umbrella out in front of the mosque of Hussein in Khan el Khalili. The shape models a minaret and when opened the umbrellas provide shelter for the overflow from the mosque during prayer or for people in the plaza below. The umbrellas are a modern addition to a very old mosque but somehow don't violate the design.


Sue said...

I've stayed at the El Hussien hotel with a balcony overlooking this mosque and the square on several visits to Cairo. The first two times I was there the umbrellas were not there. Imgine my surprise when seeing these on our third visit. What on earth could they be, we wondered. Then on Friday at noon the opened up. Very clever!

Dina said...

What a great idea.
The mosque is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

That looks like a very large umbrella. Clearly no wind there.

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