The Strange History of Cairo's City of the Dead

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The City of the Dead is very much alive in Cairo. The cemeteries that make up the city on the outskirts of Cairo are home to around half a million people who live among the dead, using gravestones for furniture and hanging out in their own private community. How’s that for creepy?

The history of the City of the Dead is a long and twisted one. It may not be riddled with mysteries and strange happenings, but seeing all the activity of daily life played out in such macabre surroundings is more than a little unsettling. Let’s take a look at some of the most interesting details.