Tomb Adapted as Home in Cairo’s City of the Dead

(Image: Rgoogin, cc-sa-3.0)

On the plus side it’s sturdy, ready-made and relatively decorative.  But this extreme example of adaptive reuse, situated in Cairo’s impressive City of the Dead, was, as the name suggests, never intended for the living.  The reality, however, is that people have been living among the dead, in the tombs and mausoleums of the Cairo Necropolis for hundreds of years – some to be close to ancestors, others driven by poverty.

Nearby, a slum with a population of half a million people is also known as the City of the Dead, while another poor area called Manshiyat naser, better known as Garbage City, has little infrastructure and works to collect and recycle the city’s waste.

Keep reading – check out this recycled glass house in Copenhagen and Florida’s bizarre abandoned “dome home”.



Popular Posts


Latest Articles



Explore Urban Ghosts


Abandoned & Urbex


Send this to friend

Urban Ghosts uses cookies to enhance your browsing experience and to serve you with advertisements that might interest you. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies. Privacy Policy

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.