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Cairo Sights

St. David Building

  • Shar'a Muhammad Farid at Shar'a Khalek Sarwat
  • Downtown
  • Building/Architectural Site

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Founded in the 1880s by a Welshman as the Davies Bryan department store—Cairo's largest at the time—this building has an odd, almost witty roofline reminiscent of a fortress. The facade retains the cursive D and B of its former owner who, patriot that he was, decorated it with Welsh symbols, to which later occupants have added about a hundred little Venus de Milos.

The antique, ground-floor Stephenson Pharmacy, which is open Monday through Saturday 9:30–9, is not to be missed. It was once one of the best in the city (according to the 1929 Baedeker's guide) and still displays advertisements for ancient cure-alls.

Also in the St. David is the beloved Anglo-Egyptian Bookstore, which has a pleasant search-through-the-stacks ambience. The bookstore is open 9–1:30 and 4:30–8, except for Sunday, when it's closed. 02/2391–4237.

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Shar'a Muhammad Farid at Shar'a Khalek Sarwat, Cairo, 11111, Egypt


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