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City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery): Tours & Tickets

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Many magnificent funerary complexes are located here including the Mosque of Qaitbey (completed in 1474 AD), the Complex of Sultan Ashraf Barsbey and the Mausoleum of Ibn Barquq.
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East of Sharia Salah Salem, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed August 24, 2019 via mobile

The City of the Dead was interesting and beautiful to see. The photo ops are great, especially at the top of the minarets when you can take panoramic views of the entire surrounding area. An interesting look into a place quite different from anything else...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 27, 2019

This is a cemetery - and as such not normally a place to visit. Although the tombs are pretty interesting. What is sad though is that there are, literally, a million people living in the area as they cannot find homes anywhere else but the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2019

Words fail when one sees that a million people live life on top of tombs. They have been supplied with running water and electricity, but the sadness of the situation superseded the situation.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed May 29, 2019

Definetely worth a visit. A unique place in Cairo and in the world. a wonderful place with lovely people

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed May 20, 2019

Many tombs and many people living amongst. Really unbelievable the number of people living here. We did not do a walking tour but rather saw it as it was pointed out from our tour.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Debra R
Reviewed April 17, 2019

There are two parts of Qarrafa necropolis. Northern and Southern. Northern is adorned with many Mamluk tombs, some of them very impressive, especially the sultans' tombs, like the one of sultan Barquq. And I do encourage you to visit them. Mamluks were slaves imported mostly...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank MathiasS75
Reviewed April 4, 2019

It was hard to believe that nearly 300,000 people live in this cemetery. Our guide told us that they are allowed to live amongst the crypts to keep them from living as lomeless. This is truly a "city within a city".

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed March 25, 2019 via mobile

This vast area where people now live in squalor can be seen as you drive around Cairo. We didn't visit here and it is sad to see.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AliceR641
Reviewed March 25, 2019

Here in Egypt there was a section of Mausoleums which were built to look like homes starting about 400 years ago. In recent times the poor have taken over the area and have moved into these mausoleums and are living in them as if they...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank DOUGandNIKI
Reviewed March 1, 2019

Okay, this is not a sight for most travellers. Part of it is simply city tower blocks like other poor areas of Cairo. Part of it is terraces of tomb fronts which have become house fronts. So far, so boring. But there are a number...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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