Nobody is certain about where this namedriven from, some says that the source isFrench, “Bon Lake” which means “the beautiful lake”, others believe that the namemust have Paranoiac origin .Some stories talk about that Boulaq formed when a big ship sunk near its place , then yearafter year when the Nile flood , the mud coverthe area makes it higher to form a new land, which Boulaq Nowadays .Even the island onthe other side “Zamalek” used to known as“Boulaq Island”.Some History References talking about theNile 7th Fling at 1771 which ends at Boulaq,increasing the size of the district, later the new shores of Boulaq became one of the mostImportant Ports in Cairo, and it was the placefor gathering of most of the Traders
.The great attention of Boulaq started sincethe French expedition to Egypt 1798, as a long road made to connect it with Azbakeya, withtrees on both sides. And no doubt that Boulaq enjoyed theGolden Age at the time of Mohamed Ali Pasha,He established a shipyard, and Boulaq becamea big industrial area.Sure we cannot forget that Boulaq was theplace for the first press in Egypt, and as wellthe place of the second antiquity museum 1858,after the one in neighborhoods Azbakeya at1835.
1 For more details, read Abbas Al-Trabily. 2 Boulaq is no longer considered as a port.
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