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Islamic Cairo

Midan Silah ad-Din, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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After the Muslims conquered Egypt in 641 AD, they built their city, Al-Fustat, on what is now the southern border of modern Cairo. Today, this section of the city contains many important sites including the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Mosque of al-Azhar and the Khan al-Khalili market, which is considered the heart of this area.
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Midan Silah ad-Din, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My guide Laila Hassan knows the area better than anyone else. I spent an amazing day in Coptic Cairo as well.

Thank Ana M
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Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

Many beauties to see lots of dust crowded nice people simple life but vivid.You will walk a lot go to the bazzar and the big square a place full of life.

Thank AZIS M
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Reviewed May 25, 2018

The Citadel of Saladin with the Madrassa Mosque of Sultan Hassan and mosques of Mohamed Ali and al-Rifali were impressive and exciting to see, I would recommend them if you have time.

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Reviewed April 12, 2018

We went here after Coptic Cairo and it was obviously quite different. We walked the entire length of the bazaar which started out with the very local side and eventually we made it to the more touristy side where the mosques and big square are....More

Thank LordFairmont
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Reviewed April 1, 2018

Free entry to the area and we visited the Mohammed-Ali mosque and the courtyard area and mosque. Worthwhile visit. Some 'staff' will tell you about the building for a tip- may ask for more than you give. We gave some money to an unofficial tour...More

Thank Kathryn A
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Reviewed March 25, 2018 via mobile

Good half day can be spent here. There is several mosques and a market so this might that a little longer than just a quick stop. Go to a top of a minarete to see the other minaretes, we visited the Bab Zuweila one for...More

Thank DonCesar
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Reviewed March 4, 2018

Visit the mosque, and allow yourself to be impressed by the architecture which is beautiful. Even if you are not Muslim, you are always welcome to spend time there. I felt I belonged here in the silence occasionally broken by the voice of a child...More

Thank almostheaven1951
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Reviewed February 23, 2018 via mobile

With the exception of the Blue Mosque, also known as the Mosque if Aqsunqur, Islamic Cairo isn't worth more than an hour or two. In the Blue Mosque, be sure to have the caretaker bring you around back & upstairs to the Sultan's private mosque....More

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Reviewed January 30, 2018

One of the most prolific places we visited in Cairo. I wouldn't want to lessen the magnificence of this place by trying to put it in words. But if you are visiting Cairo, just block enough time to get lost in the silence of these...More

Thank Shankar V
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Reviewed January 28, 2018

If it wasn't for the shops catering to tourists and the modern persons wandering around you'd think you were back in Medieval times! Many very old and exotic structures including the remains of a Roman aqueduct!

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Reem Z
September 2, 2016|
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Response from Sherif K | Reviewed this property |
you visit the monuments by day and enjoy the shopping, food and people day and night
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Abdul S
February 7, 2016|
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Response from Tony V | Reviewed this property |
Hi its easy to find , when you visit the Khan el Khalili markets you can cross the street and ask anyone there they all know this landmark , good luck and enjoy
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Brent D
January 10, 2015|
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Response from vagabond8486 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, I would recommend a guide. First of all, Islamic Cairo covers a huge area and is best explored if you have a guide who could give you the background of different historical places. Also, a local guide is to recommend... More
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