Al-Azhar Park: A Garden in Cairo
4 min 38secs (23.68MB)
In 1984, His Highness the Aga Khan announced his decision to finance the creation of a park for the citizens of the Egyptian capital. The only central location that was of suitable scale was the derelict Darassa site, a 30-hectare (74-acre) mound of rubble that had been a debris dump for 500 years. Al-Azhar Park, undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, has since proven to be both a popular open space for the people of Cairo and a powerful catalyst for urban renewal in the neighbouring district of Darb al-Ahmar -- once one of the poorest districts in Cairo. This video, narrated by Brad Pitt, is a shorter version of a film that appeared on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) in the United States in 2008. For more information, please see PBS.org or "Season Three" of the e2 series (http://www.e2-series.com/).
© 2008 The Aga Khan Development Network. This is the only authorised Website of the Aga Khan Development Network.
Unless specifically stated, extracts (other than photographs) may be reproduced
without further permission, with due acknowledgment.