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Cairo's grand old villas crumbling into ruins

Half a century ago, the grand and ornate villas of Cairo made it one of the most beautiful cities in the Middle East.

Those lucky enough to be born into a certain class would grow up and enjoy a sparking social life in what were almost miniature palaces.

Now many are crumbling ruins and many more have already been demolished.

The BBC's Jon Leyne took a look at the remnants of Cairo's glorious heritage.

  • 19 Oct 2010
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