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Islamic Cairo

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Islamic Cairo

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Midan Silah ad-Din, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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Check off three of Cairo’s most important ancient Egyptian sites in a day with a qualified Egyptologist guide. Start at Giza, home to the three Great Pyramids, the Valley Temple, and the majestic Sphinx. After a restaurant lunch, travel to Saqqara, an ancient cemetery known for Egypt’s first true pyramid. Finish with a visit to Memphis, city of the pharaohs who built these ancient tombs.
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Linda Y wrote a review Apr. 2020
Frisco, Texas3,892 contributions3,734 helpful votes
UNESCO named Islamic Cairo, also called Historic Cairo, a World Heritage site in 1979 and recognized it as one of the world’s oldest Islamic cities. Not to be confused with ancient Egyptian sites, this reference is to the city’s rich Islamic history and heritage. There are more than 800 listed monuments that include mosques, tombs, madrasas, and fortifications. With so much to see and limited time, our group settled on a full day tour offered by Memphis Tours. From Al-Azhar Park, we hopped into a golf cart to explore the Darb-al-Ahmar district. Not only did we visit beautiful and historical Islamic sites, we had an opportunity to see the everyday life of locals.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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KGB777 wrote a review Apr. 2020
Singapore, Singapore41,792 contributions2,746 helpful votes
A visit to Cairo can't really be considered complete without an attempt to check out the ancient mosques and madrassas of Islamic Cairo. The Sharia al Muizz is the place to go to start this visit with a highly concentrated selection of Islamic sites of interest in the vicinity. This can then be extended to the huge bazaar and various other mosques in the vicinity. I visited in 2019 and spent about half a day exploring the area.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Ron W wrote a review Mar. 2020
Cedar City, Utah172 contributions49 helpful votes
Mosque of Ibn Tulun is the oldest mosque in Cairo and in Egypt. The mosque was commissioned under the rule of Ahmad ibn Tulun, the Abbassid governor of Egypt from 868–884. The Mosque itself is quite large and sits in the middle of a large square with prayer nooks. The Mosque is pretty basic, unlike many churches and cathedrals that have lots paintings, statues, gold gilding, etc.. Along with all the tourist, there were numerous people praying. Cost: Free Weather: The weather in February was perfect – not hot, but no jacket required. Toilets: toilets are available – expect to tip EGP 10.00 (about 63 cents USD) at any public toilet in Egypt. Caution: none NOTE: Street vendors all accept U.S. Dollars. Be sure to haggle the price down before buying anything.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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DEK_29 wrote a review Feb. 2020
Brisbane, Australia1,090 contributions1,061 helpful votes
Situated just below the Citadel of Saladin, the Islamic section of Cairo features numerous mosques (including Al Rifai Mosque and the Mosque of Al-Ashraf Barsbay) and large fortification gates built during the before and during the Mumeuk era. This section of Cairo also takes in the great bazaar of Khan el-Khalili. Overlooking this area is the citadel of Saladin with the mosques of Mohammad Ali and the smaller mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad. Often touted as being full of tourists during my January 2020 visit, there were few visitors and indeed the area was relatively quiet. There were a few peddlers outside the citadel but these left us alone as they were more interested in the odd bus full and not the three lone travelers.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Pattitag wrote a review Dec. 2019
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam26 contributions1 helpful vote
Lovely tour visiting five mosques. Fascinating history which Mohamed explained well. Encourage others experience
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Date of experience: January 2020
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