Cavafy spent his last 25 years in an apartment, above a brothel, on the former Rue Lepsius (now Sharia Sharm el-Sheikh). With a Greek church (St Saba Church) around the corner and a hospital opposite, Cavafy thought this was the ideal place to live; somewhere to cater for the flesh, somewhere to provide forgiveness for sins, and a place in which to die. Now preserved as the Cavafy Museum, two of the six rooms are arranged as Cavafy kept them.

Editions of the poet’s publications and photocopies of his manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence lie spread out on tables throughout the rooms.