Standing tall since 1912, Imbaba Bridge is one of the many underrated landmarks of Cairo. Designed in a time so different from today, this bridge has seen good and bad times more than any of us saw. For more than a century this age-defying bridge has carried trains, cars, pedestrians, and carts passing over the Nile between Cairo and Giza.
The metal railway bridge that was given a royal design was constructed by the Belgian Baume & Marpent. It mainly carries trains heading south to Upper Egypt, taking many residents back to their hometowns. But it also has lanes for cars and pedestrians.
Having a unique artistic style, Imbaba Bridge became one of the most popular cinema and photography locations. Different films, music videos, commercials and posters were shot there since early 1960s.
So too in reality, the Bridge was witness to cinematic events. During the 1919 Revolution trains were blocked from passing over the Bridge by "Anaber" workers as part of the civil disobedience movement. President El Sadat, in his early days prior to the 1952 Revolution, has once slept over it. Finally, one of Imbaba's biggest January 25 Revolution protests have marched over this bridge.
Imbaba Bridge carries endless stories of the Good Land's struggle for over a century.
A part of "Egypt, the Good Land" project
Written by: Mariam Saleh
Photography by: Mahmoud Gamal El-Din
Full photo-set found here