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(1822-1863) Egyptian viceroy 1854-1863 under Ottoman suzerainty.
Said's reign was a liberal one, involving many reforms inspired by trends of contemporary Europe. He introduced important reforms for landownership, taxation and even tried to abolish the slave trade.
The land reforms promoted individual landownership and reduced the influence of the shaykhs, who had exercised a local power of almost feudal character. Said taxed the big landowners directly, taking away a burden which rested hard on the peasants. Some of the land of the largest landowners was also confiscated.
His attempts to end the slave trade was unsuccessful; there was too much wealth and important people involved.
The port authority building from the ferry boat
The origins of Port Said is that of a working camp founded in 1859 by Said Pasha to house men working on the Suez Canal. By the late 19th century, it was an important port where all the major maritime powers had consulates. Much of the city was built on a section of Lake Manzala which was reclaimed by landfill.
The City was damaged during the Suez Crisis, and again during the wars of 1967 and 1973, but the city has largely been rebuilt and today is a pleasant city of 400,00 people. It is also considered a summer resort by Egyptians and the beach is lined with vacation bungalows. The main street, with most commercial enterprises, is Sharia Palestine.
This is where the huge ships wait to enter the Suez Canal, and it can be a sight to behold.
But also often missed, but of interest is the colonial architecture of the 19th century in the town center.
There is a National Museum in Port Said, which houses artifacts from most periods of Egypt's past, including pharaonic and prehistoric. Located on Sharia Palestine, the museum also houses Islamic and Coptic exhibits, including textiles, manuscripts and coins. There is a also a room devoted to artifacts of the Khedival family.
There is also a Military Museum located on Sharia 23rd of July. Along with some small displays of pharaonic and Islamic wars are artifacts from the Suez Crises and the 1967 and 1973 wars.
Across the Canal from Port Said is Port Fuad, which is really only a bedroom community to Port Said. However, if time permits it is a very pleasant place to take a stroll among the gardens and sprawling residences located there.
So what does New York and Port Said, Egypt have in common? Originally, American's very own statue of Liberty was to be placed not in New York but at Port Said. The Statue of Liberty was really inspired by the huge statues at Abu Simbel. Auguste Bartholdi, the sculptor of the statue designed the American Lady of Liberty as 'Egypt carrying the light of Asia'. However, the Khedive Ismail decided that the project was too expensive, so the 'Light of Asia' was sent to the US instead, where she became the Statue of Liberty.
Port authority building
there are seven no toll ferry boats that cross to Fort Fuad
just a few of the old colonial houses some are in good repair but most sadly enough are unusable
he hotel I stayed in was in fine order one street back from the Suez canal
One can not go too far in Egypt without being reminded that this is the land of the Pharaohs,
and the cats have reign,
the promenade towards the end of the Suez canal is in an elevated position that gives fine views of the local fishing boats and the traffic that use the Suez canal.
Port said station
Port Said police station
sleeping barrow boy
waiting for the queues for the ferry.
THIS MOSQUE IS NOT FAR FROM THE BEACH.
NOT A BEACH FOR RUNNING ABOUT WITH NO SHOES ON
WHILE ON MY MONTHS TRAVEL OF EGYPT I DID NOT DO MUCH OF A BLOG ON THIS QUAINT PORT TOWN. TODAY'S BLOG IS ON THE MEDITERRANEAN PART OF THE TOWN'S BEACH.THERE ARE NO BEACHES ON THE SUEZ CANAL.
PORT SAID IS THE INLET FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN TO THE RED SEA
ONE OF THE POINTS THAT DOES GET NOTICED APART FROM THE RUBBISH AND SMELL, IS THIS NEW STRUCTURE IN THE SHAPE OF A CRUISE BOAT.THAT IS BEING BUILT HALF WAY ALONG THE BEACH.
WITH ALL THE SUMMER SEASONS RUBBISH ON THE BEACH THE SWALLOWS HAVE A GREAT TIME CATCHING THE FLIES AND ARE HERE IN THEIR NUMBERS.
THESE ARE THE BARN SWALLOWS
THE HOOPOE WILL ONLY BE SEEN WHERE THERE ARE GRUBS TO BE FOUND.
AS WILL THE PIED WAGTAIL
ISABELLINE WHEATEAR IN NUMBERS ON THIS BEACH
FELINE Felidae, NEVER SEEN CATS OPENING AND EATING RAW SHELLFISH BEFORE,
BUT THEN A FEW DAYS LATER I WAS WATCHING CATS WITH FISHERMEN IN ALEXANDRIA
SHARING THE BEACH
THIS PICTURE SHOWS THE DEVIDING BARRIER OF THE SUEZ CANAL
THE NEAREST SHOP TO THE BEACH WAS THIS LOOK SEA, SHOP.
IN PORT SAID EVERYTHING IS LOOK,
NEVER DID SEE ANYONE DRESSED IN THIS COSY.
OR MAYBE THEY ARE HALLOWEEN COSTUMES. AND I HAVE TO WAIT.
a few nights with a woman in these garments, and i would not need to go to no exhipition.
once they have been produced after the exhipition.
the will be allowed to shoot them,
blind justice for all they should exhibit the three wise monkeys outside the courts. hear no evil speak no evil and see no evil
someone has bought themselves a nice shiny bike
A Suzuki boulevard, not for showing off your lady or male companion its the first time I have seen a posers bike. look at me and my bike. I bet he sleeps with it,
sun up over the docks in Port Said
Port Said Port authority offices,
another very modern state of the art pleasure boat most likely heading through the Suez canal for Saudi Arabia.
A White carriage most are black. this guy wanted 5 euro for a trip along the cornish,
the wheel rim bank
lots of these plants growing on the beach.
yellow hibiscus flowers, come across quite a few new plants on this trip,all are on the plants in Egypt blog
OK Mohamed you have pictures on the web This is a guy who was wind surfing on the Mediterranean sea in Port Said this morning. asked me to e-mail some photos, post a comment if you want me to give the name of your hotel in Dahab Mohamed,
The tern diving for fish
Shells this beach in port said had plenty of shell its seems they are periodically scraped up and piled on the end of the beach near the entrance into the suez canal,