Friday, 13 October 2006

Bode Museum reopens next week

"One of Berlin's great museums from the age of the kaisers, full of Byzantine, medieval and renaissance sculptures, is to reopen next week after eight years of closure and millions of euros of refurbishment. The Bode Museum is one of five monumental treasure-houses on the German capital's Island of Museums." Bode museum houses one of world's top collections of late Coptic art.

Tuesday, 3 October 2006

Book Review: Cairo illustrated

"With too much text to be called a pictorial guide, too much history to be a guide book and too much of the modern to be an illustrated history, Michael Haag’s Cairo Illustrated is in a category of its own. The book begins with an outline of the events and people that have shaped Cairo since around 3000 BC. By the end of the book, just over 90 pages later, the reader has been whisked through more than 5,000 years of the city’s history. The author leapfrogs around the city and its history, starting his first chapter in Coptic Cairo and winding a circuitous route to the Great Pyramids of Giza."