The richer areas of Cairo with wider streets and larger buildings, there are several that are more than a single storey tall and many have towers and columns reminiscent of arabian design, popular some hundred years ago in the first building of Cairo.
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Excessive, extravagant, several dozens of feet high for each level and at least two storeys high - a rarity in Egypt - the architectural wonder that is the royal palace is a feast for the eyes. With columns of marble and malachite, of black onys and white alabaster. With mosaics of tile and glass in every shade and walls literally painting in molten gold, there is no building in the known would that has such wealth literally carved into its walls.
A temple built to provide worship and praise to the Egyptian god of the Underworld, the Temple of Osiris have a large temple which can be entered via a stone gateway, which will first lead to the outer structure which surrounds the main grounds. Upon entry, the first thing to greet people would be the looming golden statue of Osiris hidden by the shadows, surrounded by offerings of pottery models and black ashes. Behind the temple is a small building where live sacrifices are made to honor the god.
The worshippers of Set look more cultlike then anything. Setians believe that Set is the one real god, and has aided humanity by granting them intellect. As such, the temple of Set is built in such that allowed Setians to perform initiations for new members of the Order. Entry to the temple is guarded by the Priests and Priestesses, while the innermost sanctum is only accesible to the Maga/Magus and the Ipisissimus and Ipisissima of the Order. Much of the temple and religion is still shrouded and surrounded by mysteries otherwise unknown to regular members of the public.
The Hei to be most recently added to the level of nobility, the Abaddi home is fresh and new, built with the financial offering given by the Pharaoh along with their title. It is a large structure, two storeys high with a spire on each corner. The upper level is only half the size of the lower, offering a broad balcony level from which one can sit and view the pyramids of Giza.
The Haikaddad are one of the longest established noble Heis and moved their home from Thebes to Cairo when it was made the new capital fifty years ago. As such, their home holds all the signs of trappings and belongings that a family of this rank and age should display but is slowly showing small signs of disrepair...
The home of the Isazari house is one of great beauty. On only a single level in the shape of an L, the two wings of the manor create an open square space in which the Isazari are meticulous about keeping greenery and flowers, even in the hottest of months, displaying their wealth and power simply through their access to enough clean water to keep the plants alive. Within the manor are tapestries on every wall and rugs on every floor showing off the craftsmanship of the women in their patroned province of Mansa.
The northern square - or "central space" - is open to only the noble classes and has a large fountain for cool, clean water available for the servants of the Hei to collect from for the households of their masters. It is also a great communal area for the Lords and Ladies of the Heis to socialise and gossip.
Most merchants in Egypt sell their wares at the Grand Souk on the weekends but operate a private or personal shop or store during the weekdays. These stores are most often visited by the common folk of the city or by the servants of the Hei Houses.