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On a Neighbor’s Balcony: the Colorful Identity of the Egyptian Balcony

August 1, 2022

A man taps his cigarette against the balcony railing, balances his qahwa turki along sparse wood. A woman flares her living room carpet over a different, iron-wrought railing three floors from him, beats the dust from its fringes. A group of children stand on tiptoe, peering down at a Harraniya street just past their family laundry; they giggle when the street vendor hollers back.

Balconies are a mundane, simple pleasure in Egypt: they are portals that marry city and home, patience and playfulness. Egyptians seek refuge high above the violent turbulence of Cairo, or the zooming straits of Alexandria in their miss-matched balconies, inviting guests into the simple overview of local stores and sweltering summer heat.

In cities particularly, where the outdoors are a scarce resource, balconies provide Egyptians with an escape and an opportunity.

Here is a visual exploration of balconies across Egypt, and the subtle beauties that carry wind from the sweeping gardens of Fayoum to the tight, cobblestone streets of al-Sayeda Zeinab.

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“At Titi’s Balcony” | Photo Credit: Yasmina Benari
“Lunch on the balcony”; Dahab, Egypt | Photo Credit: Sherm on Flickr
Egypt | Photo Credit: Ahmed Adel
Egypt | Photo Credit: Ahmed Adel
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Cairo, Egypt | Photo Credit: Nour Elmassry
Egyptian transgender woman and activist Malak el-Kashif smokes a cigarette in the balcony of her apartment in Cairo, Egypt, October 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)
Cairo, Egypt | Photo Credit: Nariman El-Mofty
Egypt | Photo Credit: Ahmed Adel
green trees near body of water under blue sky during daytime
Alexandria, Egypt | Photo Credit: Dash Studio
Facade of the modern residential building in hurghada egypt
Hurghada, Egypt | Photo Credit: Ihor Bondarenko
Detail of white wall of a house and red flower tree on the street of egypt in sharm el sheikh
Sharm al-Sheikh, Egypt | Photo Credit: Olegdoro Shenko
113 Egypt Balcony Cairo Photos - Free & Royalty-Free Stock Photos from Dreamstime
Egypt | Photo Credit: Dreamstime

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