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Old City (Coptic Cairo)

Cairo, Egypt
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Half-Day Private Guided Tour of Coptic Cairo with Lunch
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Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour including Lunch
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Private Guided Cairo Day Tour: Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Coptic Cairo
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Once known as the Roman stronghold of Babylon, Cairo’s oldest section is the ancient heart of the Coptic Christian community featuring five original churches, the first mosque built in Egypt and the oldest synagogue, all representing three of the major world religions.
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Reviewed 12 November 2015

We saw the oldest church and synagogue here - both about 2000 years old. Truly amazing, and beautiful.

Thank bbb007
Reviewed 10 November 2015

What an interesting place. A must see if your in Cairo. The narrow streets are amazing. You can see some of the areas that Christians would hide from the romans and the area where Moses was found in the reeds of the Nile. Also visit...More

Thank Montanatraveler312
Reviewed 6 November 2015

you need time to visit the old coptic city with all the churches inside . you start with st georges church and you end with the virgin lady hanged church . you need one or two hours to make the tours .

2  Thank Antoine A
Reviewed 4 November 2015

We visited a Coptic Christian church, a church called the "hanging church" which is sort of floating over the ground and a synagogue. Also passed by street markets but did not stop. The churches were interesting with murals including the illustration on an outside wall.

Thank Laura3530
Reviewed 4 November 2015

Nice trditional people and traditional buildings making an amazing scenery. Things like souvenirs can be bought

Thank ΣΤΑΘΗΣ Σ
Reviewed 4 November 2015 via mobile

Here you will find Coptic and Greek churches and a much restored synagogue now a museum. A place to experience the other side of Cairo, preferably without a guide. Just wander. Easily accessible, LE1, by metro to Mar Girgis station

1  Thank Iskandarbey
Reviewed 2 November 2015

It is fascinating to see churches and writings in Arabic. It is even more fascinating to see how similar the ivory and wood work in the Ben Ezra synagogue and the Coptic Churches are. A must!

Thank Federico P
Reviewed 2 November 2015 via mobile

In a land of dreams, the old city remind US an old fortress. The " Sacred family' church" is beautiful And show US the bizatine's art.

Thank Cristiano M
Reviewed 1 November 2015 via mobile

There are quite a number of buildings to see in this area. To get all the background it is best to go with a local guide who can give you all the info and knows which site to hit first, quiet times, etc. This area...More

Thank victorian5
Reviewed 1 November 2015

Coptic Cairo is fascinating - whether you come from a Judeo-Christian background or you're a history buff, this neighborhood is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy another part of the Egyptian capital free from the aggressive salesman and beggars around the Pyramid areas. The historical significance...More

2  Thank jahn716
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Kees H
I saw your response to my description of Old Cairo. I think what you wrote is fair. If someone is interested in seeing old churches and understanding something of the history of Christian Egypt than Old Cairo is an excellent place to go to but if the interest for this is not there one should not go but that applies to all locations one visits, religious or non-religious. Wishing you all the best.
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Response from usmanibari | Reviewed this property |
I agree with you. Best wishes.
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irislover04
Did you use a tour company? If so which one. Thanks, Laura
9 November 2015|
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Response from Annette T | Reviewed this property |
Laura we used Private Guide Ayman Ahmed. You can look him up on facebook or through Trip Advisor. I highly recommend him. He is professional, polite, punctual, speaks English, has amazing knowledge of Egypt and Egyptology... More
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