Muhafazat al Qahirah Things to Do

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Muhafazat al Qahirah Things to Do

  • Egyptian Museum

    Cairo Things to Do

    Apart from the no photography thing, which in many ways I can understand, I found the museum un kempt, ill labled, and dirty. The 2 exceptions to this were the Tutankhamun section and the royal mummies. Both of these areas were great. There is so much to see here, but there is so many things all jumbled together. Glass cabinets have the glass...

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  • Khan el Khalili

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    If you are acquainted with souks and bargainning, this may be just one more commercial area. But if you want to feel the pulse of arab deals and feel the real Cairo you must not skip this famous street, and its tents and shops of any kind. I must confess that we were not impressed, maybe because... it was one more... we were short in time......

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  • Gizeh Pyramids

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    Everybody has a good image of what drags millions to Cairo - the pyramids; Everybody knows that they are extremely big; Anyway, everybody gets surprised when trying to make a picture of them and, even from the distance, they confirm their astonishing dimensions. That, and the sensation felt in front of the most important landmark of mankind, are...

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  • Citadel

    Cairo Things to Do

    One of the highest points in a plane city, this is the best place to have a general look over town. Looking closer, the military constructions and specially the alabaster mosque have some precious details.

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  • River Nile

    Cairo Things to Do

    This will be a night views while cruising along the mighty Nile River, the cradle of Egytian Civilization, with pictures of various scenes along this river of life of egypt as the scenery is more spectacular than the day views. what tour of Cairo is not complete with a Nile River Dinner Cruise? cruising along the mighty Nile River, where the...

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  • Tower

    Cairo Things to Do

    the Cairo Tower, located along the Gezira Island along the Nile River, is near downtown cairo and is an attraction in itself. The tower was completed in 1961 with a height of 187 meters (614 feet) and it has a revolving restaurant inside which turns a full circle in 70 minutes. Unfortunately we did not have time to go up as we were pressed for...

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  • Sakkara : Step Pyramid

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    Sakkara is one section of the great necropolis of Memphis, the Old Kingdom capital and the kings of the 1st Dynasty as well as that of the 2nd Dynasty. are mostly buried in this section of the Memphis necropolis. It has been of constant interest to Egyptologists. Three major discoveries have recently been made at Sakkara, including a prime...

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  • Coptic Cairo

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    the Coptic Quarter of Cairo is one of the oldest in the city and is part of Old Cairo as it was started in the 1rst Century, when Saint Mark the Apostle went into egpyt to Prosletyze the new Religion of Christianity to the Egyptians. It has survived countless persucutions and conquests during it's almost 2,000 year history and in this district are...

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  • Coptic Cairo - Hanging Church

    Cairo Things to Do

    part two of my tips with pictures inside the hanging church. i will have separate pictures on the foundations of the church facing the babylon fortress. the hanging church of Cairo is so named as the church was built on the foundations of the Babylon Fortress of which some areas of the Church are hanging along the ruins of the Fortress of which...

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  • Mohammed Ali Mosque

    Cairo Things to Do

    On the south side of the main courtyard of the citadel we find the Mohamed Ali mosque, which is also known as the alabaster mosque, this is definitely one of the citadel main attractions. It was begun in 1824 by Mohamed Ali and completed in 1857, by his successor Said. The architect was Greek living in Istambul and took as model Nuruosmaniye Mosque...

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  • Whirling Dervishes

    Cairo Things to Do

    Egyptian Tanoura Show is different from the Turkish Whirling Dervishes! The Tanoura Show originated in egypt and is usually performed by Egyptian Sufi Muslims and the Tanoura is similar to the Whirling Sufi Dervishes of Turkey but the difference is that the Tanoura Performers wear colorful clothing and skirts, instead of the white ones used by the...

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  • Ibn Tulun Mosque

    Cairo Things to Do

    This is the one of the oldest mosques in Cairo and sources like Encyclopaedia Britannica state 'arguably the oldest mosque in Egypt in its original form'. It was constructed from mud bricks and was completed in 879 AD. It is also the third largest mosque in the world. It is famous for its minaret. Only one other minaret in the world (Iraq) has an...

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  • Belly Dance

    Cairo Things to Do

    The Belly Dancers in the Nile Dinner Cruise also ask for audience participation and guests will sometimes oblige and even children mimic the belly dancers too. Belly Dancing originated in the middle east, which some records say that it was started in Egypt more than 2,00 years ago and belly dancing is now widely popular around the world. With each...

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  • Al Azhar Park

    Cairo Things to Do

    We walked from the city of the dead to the nearby Al Azhar Park -- from dust to grass. Not very far, about 15 minutes. After getting tired of the bustling and exhausting city tours, it's really a respite coming to the park, just sit or lay around the grassy lawn, watch people, families, kids having their picnics around the area. The park is...

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  • Islamic Cairo

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    Islamic Cairo, often referred to as Fatimid Cairo, is extremely fascinating, as this part of the city has changed little in perhaps 500 years. It was the centre of Cairo for 8 centuries, from its founding in 969 AD by the Fatimids through the Ayyubid and Mamluke periods, and until the 18th century when Egypt was part of the Ottoman Empire. This...

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  • Memphis

    Cairo Things to Do

    There are no signs of the old Memphis, except the archaeological remains collected in this museum. Far from the dense richness of Cairo's museum, the facts that it is mainly an open air museum, and the display is very well spread and located, make this a very nice and easy visit.

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  • Coptic Cairo - Abu Serga-St. Sergius...

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    part two of my tips with pictures inside as I used my Iphone with no flash to take a picture inside secretly as no photos are allowed inside. For the Christian Pilgrims like us who are on a holyland pilgrimage and egpyt being the last stop of the journey, the main consideration in going to Coptic Cairo is to Visit the Famed Site where the Holy...

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  • Christian Cairo

    Cairo Things to Do

    To get to Saint Samaan Church you have to go through Garbage City , the smell of the garbage is overpowering so if you have sensitive olfactory nerves I'd suggest a mask. The road to the church is long and winding, at times I didn't think the van would be able to make the turns. It looks very dark and dirty going through the Garbage City but...

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  • Al Azhar Mosque

    Cairo Things to Do

    Al-Azhar is one of Cairo's most historic places. It is a mosque, university and cultural center. Built by Gawhar Al-Sikilly, Al Azhar was the first mosque in the Fatimid Cairo. Construction started in 970 AD and finished in 972 AD. Al-Azhar is named to honor Fatima Az-Zahraa, the daughter of Muhammad, from whom the Fatimid Dynasty claimed...

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  • The Sphinx

    Cairo Things to Do

    a warning, the sellers and touts and hawkers in the walkway going to the sphinx is the more aggressive of them all around the Giza Complex, so be sure to be in a big group when going to the Sphinx. the sphinx is the iconic guardian of the pyramids and is where the light and sound show plays everynight (unfortunately i did not have time to see it)....

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  • Coptic Cairo - Coptic Museum

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    the Coptic Museum, which is located just beside the Greek Orthodox of Saint George in Mar Sergis Street, was built in 1910 from donations, the musuem houses the history of the Coptic Church, which is one of the oldest Christian Denominations in the World, the Church separated from the Roman and Byzantine Church after the Council of Chalcedon in 451...

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  • Coptic Cairo - Ben Ezra Synagogue

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    The Ben Ezra Synagogue was formerly a Coptic Church in the Coptic Quarter but the Coptic Christians were forced to sell it to a rich Egyptian Jew at the Time to pay for the Jizya (tax on Non Muslims) forced on them by the Fatimids. Since the 10th Century, it became a synagogue for egyptian jews and inside the famed Ancient Hebrew Manuscripts,...

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  • Opera House

    Cairo Things to Do

    The modern Cairo Opera House was built in 1988 with Japanese cooperation. Its monumental location in the heart of the Gezira, the northern Nile island in the centre of Cairo, was a symbolic move meant to keep Egypt in the cultural limelight. The same is said about Khedive Ismail's decision in 1869 to build the Khedivial Opera House (later known as...

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  • Sayeda Zeinab Mosque

    Cairo Things to Do

    The shrine of Sayyida Zeinab, the revered grand daughter of the Prophet Mohammed is located at her namesake mosque. The mosque has existed on this site since the 12th century, but it was rebuilt several times. Most of the current structure dates from the 19th century. This is an important pilgrimage site for Moslems, so tourists are not allowed in...

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  • Camel Ride

    Cairo Things to Do

    best way to see the pyramids is making a camel ride.. you can decide with the camel owners how long and how far you want to take the camel ride.. not cheap but worth the money (about 30-50 euro per person)

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  • City of the Dead

    Cairo Things to Do

    We attempted for 3 times (3 days) to go to Alexandria --- first attempt, ticket was expensive at 9am, 1st class only at EGP50, the following day, no available seats (eid holidays) until the 2pm train which is too late and we wanted to do Alex on a full day only. So we bought a ticket for the next morning at 8:15am which costs cheap at EGP25 each of...

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  • Al Hussein Mosque

    Cairo Things to Do

    Built in 1154 and named after the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Hussein Ibn Ali. Hussein's head is believed to be buried on the mosque's ground making it one of Cairo's holiest Islamic site. The mosque is a huge one and has a big park cum market in front. The mosque houses the oldest complete manuscript of the Holy Qur'an. People who enters the...

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  • Coptic Cairo - Church of St George

    Cairo Things to Do

    The Huge and currently under renovation Saint George Church in Coptic Cairo is the seat of the Patriarchate of Alexandria, the local Greek Orthodox Church of Egypt. The Church and it's monastery is in The Coptic Cairo area of Old Cairo and was built during the 10th century, during the rule of the Fatimids. the Church is separate from the main wall...

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  • Dahshur

    Cairo Things to Do

    Dashur site has 3 pyramids - The Bent Pyramid, the Black Pyramid and the Red Pyramid. The Bent Pyramid is different in its structure. It isn’t like the other pyramids that have sharp corners all the way to the peak of the pyramid. The Bent Pyramid slopes differently making it look like a rounded or bent pyramid. The Black Pyramid is not as...

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  • The Yacoubian Building

    Cairo Things to Do

    I've seen the award-winning movie "The Yacoubian Building" twice and it was really a nice movie, considered to be Egypt's highest budgeted film ever. The theme of the movie was controversial, directed by Marwan Hamed based on the novel penned by Alaa Al Aswany, and has a powerhouse cast of Egypt's best of the bests artists. I've been looking for...

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  • Bab Zuweila

    Cairo Things to Do

    The only surviving southern city gate from the Fatimid period, Bab Zuweila was built in 1092. In the 15th century, the stunning red and white striped Mosque of al-Mu'ayyad was built adjacent to Bab Zuweila, while the mosque's twin minarets were constructed over the gate. Until the last century, public executions were held just outside Bab Zuweila....

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  • Zoo

    Cairo Things to Do

    Because of the Avian Flu epidemic the zoo was closed for a few months in 2006, but at end of May it reopened. It is not one of the best zoos we have seen. Animals are sometimes kept in small cages and what to us are domestic cats and dogs [left by expats returning home] are kept in the heat. However the grounds are spacious and well-arboured....

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  • Mosque of Sultan Hassan

    Cairo Things to Do

    One of the early mosques. It is large and inside there is a wonderful sense of light and shadow. The hanging lanterns, the arches, the muwaddah for ablutions, the minbar all are interesting. The entrance to the mosque is also beautiful with its vertical panels and spiral pilasters.. It is an example of Mamluke architecture Inside has a cruciform...

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  • Gayer Anderson House

    Cairo Things to Do

    This is actually two houses joined together, both of considerable antiquity (one sixteenth and the other seventeenth century) Their preservation and restoration is thanks to a Brit who went a bit native (hence the name). It provides an opportunity to see traditional Cairene domestic architecture, and it houses Gayer Anderson Pasha's good...

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  • Coptic Cairo - Babylon Fortress

    Cairo Things to Do

    this will be my pictures of the parts of the Babylon Fortress seen from inside the hanging church. the hanging church of Cairo is so named as the church was built on the foundations of the Babylon Fortress of which some areas of the Church are hanging along the ruins of the Fortress of which they built supports so that the church would not fall...

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  • Al Rifai Mosque

    Cairo Things to Do

    The Al Rifa'i or Royal mosque was built to replace a small shrine to the medieval Islamic saint Al Rifa'i. It was commissioned in 1869 by the mother of the then Pasha, Khedive Isma'il for a dual purpose - to house relics and to be a mausoleum for the royal family - but not completed until1912. The remains of the exiled Reza Shah Pahlavi lay here...

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  • Pharaonic Village

    Cairo Things to Do

    I think that the idea of the village is good however the execution is weak. It is a purely commercial project where you feel exploited with the guides trying to push you to spend money on food or icecream through the unnecessary breaks. Everything there is a duplicate nothing original. It is highly overpriced and overrated. Simply, not worth it.

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  • Gayer Anderson Museum

    Cairo Things to Do

    Besides the Ibn Tulun Mosque stands two of the city's most interesting houses, the Beit Amna bint Salim (1540) & the "house of the Cretan woman" (Beit al-Kritliyya, 1632). They were originally two separate structures, but a bridge at the third floor level was added at some point, combining them into a single structure. The house, accessible through...

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  • Bab El-Futuh or the Gate of Conquest

    Cairo Things to Do

    The gate where you should be starting your tour of Islamic Cairo (popular route start, or is it?), I started mine at this point. Located at the north end of the once most popular Mui'z Street. Futuh means victory and was built under the command of Vizier Badr ElDin ElGamali who employed 3 Syrian brothers from Edessa who built the 3 gates (Bab...

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  • Museum of Islamic Art

    Cairo Things to Do

    While the majority of the visitors tend to seek Egyptian antiquities, one must not forget the 1400 years of Islamic heritage in Egypt. Numerous Islamic empires passed through Egypt and left treasures of their civilisations behind. Much of this art and culture is on display at the Museum of Islamic Art. The beautiful neo-Mamluke/Islamic edifice was...

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  • Midan El Hussein

    Cairo Things to Do

    Midan Hussein is the square in the middle of Islamic Cairo between Al-Azhar Mosque and the Mosque of Sayyidna al-Hussein. Ii is a popular meeting place for the locals. The square is fairly large lined up with some palm trees and on one end, towards Khan el Khalili market, wits small restaurants and cafes. If you grab some time to sit in one of...

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  • Downtown

    Cairo Things to Do

    Just a few hundred meters away from Historic Tahrir Square is the European Quarter of the City of Cairo, located in Downtown. The Quarter hosts a number of International Embassies and Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches as this is the other Christian Quarter of Cairo besides the Coptic Quarter. the Various European Architectures were made during...

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  • Alabaster Mosque

    Cairo Things to Do

    Nested in the heart of Cairo is the Alabaster Mosque. In all my travels, it is a most memorable one, maybe second behind Sultanamet's (Blue) Mosque in Istanbul. The interior is wonderfully kept. The view from the wall to the expansive city below are memorable as well.

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  • Bab Zawayla

    Cairo Things to Do

    Bab Zawayla is the southern gate of the Fatimid walled city: if you're doing a walking tour of Fatimid Cairo it'll often be either the starting point or the end of your walk. Its another of those can't miss it buildings, thanks to the pair of Mameluk minarets (belonging to the mosque just inside the gates) placed on top of the eleventh century main...

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  • Wikala of Al Ghouri

    Cairo Things to Do

    Constructed in 1505, Wikala el-Ghouri is a caravanserai that once housed merchants and goods arriving in Cairo. Although a separate building, it is part of the large el-Ghouri complex, built by one of the last Mamluke Sultans, Qunsuh el-Ghouri. It is located near el-Azhar Mosque and Khan el-Khalili and was meticulously restored in recent years....

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