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Address: Midan Silah ad-Din, Cairo, Egypt
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After the Muslims conquered Egypt in 641 AD, they built their city,...

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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Like stepping back in time...

Loved the energy and history of Islamic Cairo! The countless old buildings and markets and the constant movement of people make it a spot not to be missed when visiting Cairo.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 March 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2015

Loved the energy and history of Islamic Cairo! The countless old buildings and markets and the constant movement of people make it a spot not to be missed when visiting Cairo.

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2015

Filled with the spirit of the Egyptian past and present, you can feel the unique of Islamic Egyptian Spirit, with its small streets around the old mosques and listening to ( AZAN ) from Minaret.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

We did this with a guide and it was an eye opener for us but not quite the same experience at the Giza Plateau. However, by tourism standards it is still a place worth visiting

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2015

Tour guide gave a great presentation- Ramasside Tours (Mena). But the comments that a 12th century wall, and 200 year old Mosque are not as historical at first seemed funny until put in the context that the pyramids and Ancient Egypt is 3 to 5 thousand years old.

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2015

This neighborhood is something unique. It is part of an urban area that has been constantly inhabited for thousands of years and flourished 1000 years ago during Mameluke(Military slaves) rule. it was the center of a Sultanate that was a super power in its time. Definitely a world class cultural icon.worth a visit with children or alone,prepare for a stroll.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

This is a fascinating old area of Cairo that is well worthy of a visit. there is so much to learn best take a knowledgeable guide with you from a reputable agency. The more you learn the more you will appreciate how life once was and still is in this fascinating area.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015

We stayed here for 3 nights, enjoyed walking the streets at night and browsing the shops. There is an interesting square with outdoor dining at Midan al-Ghuri. We recommend the Sufi dancing at Wikalet al-Ghuri, 3 nights per week, no longer free as stated in the guide books, but well worth the 30LE admission. Arrive an hour early if you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2015

This review is quite late. Having worked and lived in the Middleast for a long time I feel at home in this area. The call for prayer, sights of mosques and islamic schools in impressive Islamic Architecture, and scents of spices in souks - all these give me a familiar feeling as if I have not left Saudi Arabia. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2015

The Mosque, the market, restaurants, all excellent. A great way to see the real Cairo. Best to keep your guide with you, easy to get lost.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2015

Lots to see, the mosques in the area are a good place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the market. Go and have a look to expand youre horizons.

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