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A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Qalawun Complex)

A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Qalawun Complex)

The Qalawun complex (Arabic: مجمع قلاون‎) building complex, including a mausoleum, a madrasah, and a hospital, was built by the fifth Mamlūk sultan, Qalāʾūn, on the site of present-day Cairo, Egypt, in 1283-85. The complex was situated on the street of al-Mu’izz. It is widely.....

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A Beautiful Bird “Chipping Sparrow”

A Beautiful Bird “Chipping Sparrow”

The chipping sparrow (Spizella passerina) is a small sparrow with a slightly notched tail and a distinctive russet cap during the breeding season. It is a species of American sparrow in the family Passerellidae, a passerine bird. Across most of its North American range, it is widespread, fairly t.....

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A Beautiful Bird “Spotted Towhee”

A Beautiful Bird “Spotted Towhee”

A distinctive bird that is frequently heard before it is seen, scratching about in the brush, is the spotted towhee (Pipilo maculatus). With a thick, pointed bill, short neck, chunky body, and long, rounded tail, it is a big New World sparrow. In recent decades, the taxonomy of towhees has been d.....

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A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq)

A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq)

Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq or Mosque-Madrassa-Khanqah of Az-Zaher Barquq (Arabic: مسجد ومدرسة وخانقاه الظاهر برقوق‎) stands in the center of one of the largest architectural heritage complexes in the world. It is a religious complex in Egypt’s Islamic Cai.....

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A Beautiful Bird “Nankeen Night Heron”

A Beautiful Bird “Nankeen Night Heron”

The nankeen night herons (Nycticorax caledonicus) are gregarious birds. They assemble in large groups throughout the day in the canopies of trees from which, at dusk, they fly out giving occasional croaks, to drill until dawn. It is a heron belonging to the Nycticorax genus and to the Ardeidae tr.....

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A Beautiful Bird “Black-Crowned Night Heron”

A Beautiful Bird “Black-Crowned Night Heron”

Most involved at dusk or at night are the black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax), or black-capped night heron, their ghostly forms flying from their daytime roosts to the wetlands where they forage. A medium-sized heron found in most of the world, except in the coldest regions and Aust.....

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A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan)

A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan)

Between 1356 and 1363, Sultan Hassan, the grandson of Sultan Qalaun, founded the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan (Arabic: مسجد ومدرسة السلطان حسن‎); at the age of 13, he took the throne, was deposed and restored no less than three times, then assassinated shortly before the.....

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A Beautiful Bird “Yellow-Crowned Night Heron”

A Beautiful Bird “Yellow-Crowned Night Heron”

The yellow-crowned night heron (Nyctanassa violacea) is a stunning, graceful bird. It is one of the two-night heron species discovered in the Americas, the other being the black-crowned night heron. It also feeds both during the day and during the night. It is classified in French as “bihoreau .....

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A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Mosque of Al-Zahir Baybars)

A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Mosque of Al-Zahir Baybars)

The Mosque of al-Zahir Baybars (Arabic: مسجد الظاهر بيبرس‎) was the first congregational mosque to be established in Cairo after the abolition of the jurisprudence monopoly of Shafi, which confined Friday prayer to a single congregational mosque. It was abandoned for some time an.....

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A Beautiful Bird “Common Ground Dove”

A Beautiful Bird “Common Ground Dove”

A small bird that inhabits the southern United States, portions of Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America is the Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina). Overall, these doves are sandy brown, with large, dark spots on the wing covers. The wings illustrate rich rufous patches .....

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A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Mosque of Sultan al-Muayyad)

A Visit To A Historical Place/Building (Mosque of Sultan al-Muayyad)

The Mosque of Sultan al-Mu’ayyad (Arabic: مسجد السلطان المؤيد‎) was designed by Sultan al-Mu’ayyad Sayf Aldin Shaykh of the Mamluk and founded on the site of an old prison where he was imprisoned while he was a soldier of the Mamluk. Construction started in 1415 and.....

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A Beautiful Bird “Red-Billed Tropicbird”

A Beautiful Bird “Red-Billed Tropicbird”

Also known as the Boatswain Bird, the red-billed tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) is a tropical bird, one of three closely related tropical ocean seabirds. In appearance, it has mainly white plumage with some black markings on the wings and back, a black mask and, as its common name implies, a red.....

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