Sunday, 25 November 2012

Sunday stamps

For this week's theme I've chosen a stamp issued by Egypt in 1969 to commemorate the centenary of Cairo Opera House.


The original Opera House (seen on the postcards below) was built by the Khedive Ismail to celebrate the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869.  Verdi's Aida was premiered there in 1871.  Sadly the Opera House burned down in October 1971, and its place is now taken by a multi-storey car park, although the area is still called 'Opera Square' ('Midan Opera').  (Cairo does have a new opera house, but in a different location).
Wiki link here.


"Near the station
very good performances"


The postcards date from c1918.


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6 comments:

  1. Thanks for including the cards as well. They make the building on the stamp much easier to identify.

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  2. That's a lovely stamp. It's too bad the old opera house burned down.

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  3. A car park does not seem a good exchange. I can imagine an opera house of that age would be wonderfully opulent.

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  4. I think the old Opera House looked rather better than the new one but at least they have rebuilt and it is in a more traditional style.

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  5. building an opera house to celebrate the opening of a canal (albeit an extremely important canal) sounds odd to me, but how wonderful that they did it!

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  6. Great stamp, showing the interior too!
    Thank you for joining in.

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