Monday, December 17, 2018


Lepas melawat Qaitbay Citadel, kami pun berjalan menuju ke restoran di tepi pantai untuk lunch. Tak jauh, cuma dalam 10 minutes walk. On the way kami ternampak satu mural yang besar pada satu bangunan berdekatan. 

Mural besar ini ada pada bangunan Libya Oil - Misr Co. 

Wife ambil gambar husband dia tengah ambil gambar mural ๐Ÿ˜Š.

The mural is huge!

Huge and very colorful. Love it!

Maka haruslah di zoom-in ๐Ÿ˜Š. Ok let's look at the amazing details.

I wished I knew what all these images represent. Other than the ancient Egyptian figures which looked familiar, I am totally clueless... hehe. They are totally awesome though.

Since Cairo is known as 'City of a Thousand Minarets' so I'm guessing that's what these minarets represent.

Tak tau la apa octopus ni represent. Perhaps it represent Egypt's rich aquatic life macam di bandar Dahab yang mengadap Teluk Aqaba, Laut Merah di Semenanjung Sinai yang kami lawat tempohari. 

A Thousand Minarets. 

As you can see, menara-menara masjid ini tidak seragam dengan reka bentuk berlainan. Ini bertepatan dengan apa yang saya nampak semasa lawatan ke masjid-masjid di Kaherah. Kompilasi foto-foto minarets yang sempat saya rakam ada dalam entry EGYPT - DAY 06 - PART 04 - MASJID SAYYIDAH NAFISAH saya.

This is a compilation of all the minarets of mosques we had visited while in Cairo.  

Upon closer look, rupanya ini bukanlah drawings tapi mosaic. A mosaic mural. 

Such intricate details.

Ancient Egyptian deities.
Left: Hathor was a major goddess in ancient Egyptian religion who played a wide variety of roles. As a sky deity, she was the mother or consort of the sky god Horus and the sun god Ra, both of whom were connected with kingship, and thus she was the symbolic mother of their earthly representatives, the pharaohs.
Middle: Anubis is the Greek name of a god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian religion, usually depicted as a canine or a man with a canine head. Archeologists have identified Anubis's sacred animal as an Egyptian canid, the African golden wolf.
Right: Set is a god of chaos, the desert, storms, disorder, violence, and foreigners in ancient Egyptian religion.
- Wikipedia

Left: Anubis.
Middle and right: Ra is the ancient Egyptian deity of the sun. By the Fifth Dynasty in the 25th and 24th centuries BC, he had become one of the most important gods in ancient Egyptian religion, identified primarily with the noon sun.
- Wikipedia

Left: Amun is a major ancient Egyptian deity who appears as a member of the Hermopolitan Ogdoad. Amun was attested from the Old Kingdom together with his wife Amaunet. With the 11th dynasty (c. 21st century BC), Amun rose to the position of patron deity of Thebes by replacing Montu.
Middle: Atum is one of the most important and frequently mentioned deities from earliest times, as evidenced by his prominence in the Pyramid Texts, where he is portrayed as both a creator and father to the king.
Right: Taweret is the protective ancient Egyptian goddess of childbirth and fertility. The name "Taweret" means "she who is great" or simply "great one". The deity is typically depicted as a bipedal female hippopotamus with feline attributes, pendulous female human breasts, and the back of a Nile crocodile. She commonly bears the epithets "Lady of Heaven", "Mistress of the Horizon", "She Who Removes Water", "Mistress of Pure Water", and "Lady of the Birth House".
- Wikipedia

Left: Ra.

Morning and night. Beautiful color combinations.

More intricate mosaic details. Mesti la jenuh nak tampal sebijik-sebijik kepingan mosaic ni.

Amazing mixture of blue hues.

Morning, winter and night. I think la.. hehe. Saya suka betul pelbagai shades of each colors used; many shades of blue, green, yellow and red. Cantik sangat!

Kiri kanan mural.

Another section of this huge mural. 

Left: Egyptian gods Nut, Shu and Geb. Kanan tu tak tau siapa. 3 wise men? But then that's biblical not ancient egypt. 
Nut also known by various other transcriptions, is the goddess of the sky in the Ennead of ancient Egyptian religion. She was seen as a star-covered nude woman arching over the earth, or as a cow.
Shu (Egyptian for "emptiness" and "he who rises up") was one of the primordial Egyptian gods, a personification of dry air, spouse and counterpart to goddess Tefnut and one of the nine deities of the Ennead of the Heliopolis cosmogony.
Geb was the Egyptian god of the Earth and later a member of the Ennead of Heliopolis. He had a viper around his head and was thus also considered the father of snakes. It was believed in ancient Egypt that Geb's laughter created earthquakes and that he allowed crops to grow.
- Wikipedia

More close shots of this fantastic mosaic mural.

Goddess Hathor have many names and faces and represented in many forms. Here she took the form of a scared cow, which in many depictions, she was feeding Horus. 

Representations of the great pyramids, agaknya la.

Beautiful mosaic with floral design.

Ra, Hathor and Anubis.

Ra and Hathor.

The right section of the mosaic mural.

Haa.. close up macam ni baru nampak jelas the mosaic's pieces.

Huh! Puas hati tengok mosaic mural ni. Tak sangka stumbled upon it. Wish I had the official info about it though. Mesti lagi menarik. Oh well. Gotta make do with what we have, right ๐Ÿ˜Š.

Terus ke restoran for lunch.

Makan tengahari kami di restoran Alkalุนa 7'sky Resturant & Cafe

Lokasi restoran ini adalah di tepi pantai yang mengadap Laut Mediterranean. 

Ruang makan outdoor dengan sea view.

Di ruang dalam restoran.

Pintu dan kerusi meja kayunya nampak antik. 

Spacious and very airy. Semua pintu dan tingkap dibuka, maka angin laut menyamankan ruang dalam restoran.

Beautiful antique chandelier. 

Very inviting ambiance. 

Besar restoran ni so sesuai la untuk big group macam kami ni.

Brass chandelier yang antik.

Kami diberi pilihan lunch ayam atau ikan. Semua pilih ikan.. hehe. Maklum la, kan dah tepi pantai ni. Lagi pun dah dari sejak sampai Mesir ni hidangan kami adalah ayam dan daging. So the fish dish was a welcome change lah.

Di samping hidangan standard Arab seperti roti Arab, fresh vegetable (timun dan tomato) dan hummus, hidangan utama kami ialah seafood platter yang ada ikan, udang dan sotong. Plus nasi dan seafood soup. So how was the food? Saya beri 2 enthusiastic thumbs up! Way up! Ikan tu sungguh la sedapnya! Meaty, soft and juicy! And definitely fresh! Alhamdulillah. 

After a very leisurely lunch, kami pun bertolak ke destinasi lawatan seterusnya.

Ini Manar El Islam Mosque, Alexandria.

Pemandangan Eastern harbor (Al Mina' ash Sharqiyah).


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  1. hummus!!
    saya suka!!!
    lama tak makan!!

    amazing mosaic arrangement!!
    just imagine they work day and night arranging those teeny weeny pieces together !!
    and the details !! cantik sangat !!

    here ..
    have you seen this vid ?
    about hummus :))

    1. Saya suka a certain kind of hummus sahaja. Can't remember which one, but I think garlic hummus makan dengan roti pita.. hmmm.. sedap...

      Kan. Entah berapa lama mereka nak siapkan mosaic sebesar itu! Dan tahap kesabaran mestilah luar biasa!

      Eh... link tu bukan pasal hummus la doc.

    2. heheheh.. pasal hummus
      dia kata nak guna duit yang dia dapat tu buat beli hummus!!


    lupa letak lak! hahhaaa