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Uncovering the Morphology of Kōm ad-Dikka in Alexandria

Version 1 : Received: 1 September 2018 / Approved: 5 September 2018 / Online: 5 September 2018 (04:12:43 CEST)

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Damir, M. Uncovering the Morphology of Kōm ad-Dikka in Alexandria. Heritage 2018, 1, 273-288. Damir, M. Uncovering the Morphology of Kōm ad-Dikka in Alexandria. Heritage 2018, 1, 273-288.


The historical residential area of Kōm ad–Dikka in Alexandria has experienced subsequent morphological transformation since the ancient era until present. Each historical period had a physical impact on the city’s urban structure that in turn struggled to survive its successive one with its different urban conception. However, the sinuous streets of this area, which probably date back to the late Egyptian Medieval period, are characterized as the only surviving organic fabric intra–muros that was not altered during the Egyptian Modern period. This paper elaborately investigated the chronological history of the historical residential area since the ancient era until the mid—twentieth century. Based on in–depth investigation of historical maps and memoirs, it revealed the possible reasons behind its extant sinuous urban form and postulated reconstructions of its urban morphology through sequential phases.


Alexandria; Kōm ad–Dikka; urban morphology


Arts and Humanities, History

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