Poor old Rosetta. Today it’s hard to believe that this dusty town, squatting on the western branch of the Nile, 65km northeast of Alexandria, was once Egypt’s most significant port. Locally known as Ar-Rashid, Rosetta was founded in the 9th century and outgrew Alexandria in importance during that town’s 18th- and 19th-century decline. Alas, as Alexandria got back on its feet and regained power in the late 19th...
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