Welcome To 'The City Of The Dead,' The Giant Egyptian Neighborhood Built Into A Graveyard

October 29, 2014 1:54 PM

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Welcome To 'The City Of The Dead,' The Giant Egyptian Neighborhood Built Into A Graveyard

It's hard to imagine an eerier place to live than el-Arafa. Stretching for miles on the outskirts of Cairo, the City of the Dead, as it's known in English, is an ancient cemetery that has become a residential neighborhood for some half a million people in Egypt.

Dating to the seventh century, el-Arafa's graves are not your typical coffin setup. The tombs are inset in often ornate rooms that "look like small houses complete with a garden," according to one report, and the community now boasts electricity, running water and even a medical center and post offi...

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