About Cairo

Founded in 969 AD by Jawhar al-Siqili, Cairo is the capital city of Egypt. With a population around 7 million, Cairo is the largest & most populous city in Egypt. Located on the shores of River Nile, Cairo has the largest metropolitan area in the Middle-East & Arab countries and 15th largest in the world. Known as the “city of a thousand minarets” for its dominant Islamic structures, Cairo is one of the oldest civilizations in the world. It has the oldest & largest film & music industries in the whole Arab and the 2nd oldest university in the world. Economy wises it the leading city of the Middle-East & among the 50 in the world. You will be surprised to know that Sunday is not a part of the weekend in Cairo, but a traditional day off. According to the survey of GaWC (Globalization and World Cities), Cairo is ranked in “Beta+” category. With over 1 billion passengers annually, Cairo’s metro is among the 15 busiest metros in the world. Football is the most popular sport in Cairo. This city never fails to satisfy tourist with a reasonable hotel booking in Cairo Egypt.

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Attractions Around Cairo

Giza Pyramid Complex

Located on the Giza Plateau on the outskirts of Cairo, Giza Pyramid Complex is a necropolis, which means a fantastic collection of buildings constructed to house the dead. Regarded as the last & the oldest member of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramid reveals much about the civilization of ancient Egypt. The complex consists of three major pyramids - Khufu, Khafre & Menkaure’s pyramid & the massive sculpture known as the Great Sphinx. To experience all this adventure you can get cheap car rental in cairo and enjoy your holiday.

Egyptian Museum

Established in 1902 & placed in the Downtown Cairo on the north side of Midan Tahrir, Egyptian Museum also known as The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities is a home to a massive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. With over 120,000 items on display, it is one of the world’s most important collection of ancient artefacts. It is one of the oldest, largest & most famous museum in the world.

Khan el-Khalili

Built in the 14th century under the commission of Emir Dajaharks Al-Khalili is a major market known as souk in the Islamic district of Cairo. Situated on the site of the Za’afran Tomb, Khan el-Khalili is one of the most visited places in the city. Today the souk has been modernized significantly, but there are still some portions of original architecture left which adds a great value to its rich tradition.

Pyramid of Djoser

Situated in the Saqqara necropolis, which is to the northwest to city of Memphis, Pyramid of Djoser is a step pyramid built in the 27th century BC. Regarded as the first ever pyramid bulit in the entire Egypt, Pyramid of Djoser was originally built for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser. The original structure had six mastsbas, which is an Egyptian Tomb built in rectangular shape. The step pyramid is also considered to be the first large scale cut stone construction.

Mosque of Muhammad Ali

Situated in the Citadel of Cairo & commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 & 1848, Mosque of Muhammad Ali largest mosque to be be built in the first half of 19th century. Also known as The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque, this Ottoman mosque is the highest point of the city. Regarded as the most visited tourist attraction of Cairo, the mosque was built in the memory of Muhammad Ali’s Son, Tusun Pasha who died in 1816.

Cairo Tower

Built between 1954 & 1961, Cairo Tower is a free-standing concrete tower in the city of Cairo. It is also known as “Nasser’s Pineapple” by the locals because it was built during the era of the former Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser. With a height of 187m, Cairo Tower is the tallest structure in Egypt & North Africa and one of the tallest in entire African continent. Situated in the River Nile, Cairo Tower is Egypt’s second most famous landmark.

Al-Azhar Park

Created in May 2005, Al-Azhar Park is one of the most famous public park in the city of Cairo. The park was created by The Aga Khan Trust for Culture under the Historic City Support Programme with an intention to provide a great public place for the people of Cairo. The park was a gift to the city by Aga Khan IV, a descedant of the Fatimid Dynasty who founded the city in 969. Today, the park has been listed as one of the top 60 great public spaces in the world.

Tahrir Square

Located in the heart of the city of in the downtown area, Tahrir Square is a major public square in Cairo. Also known as the “Martyr Square”, Tahrir Square has been a focal point to all the major political revolutions in the country, which includes the famous 2011 revolution where the President Hosni Mubarak was forced to left the Government by the people. The square was originally called as “Ismailia Square” after the 19th century ruler Khedive Ismail,which was changed to Tahrir Square in 1919.

The Hanging Church

Founded in the 3rd century AD, The Hanging Church is also known as the the Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church. It is one of the oldest church of the Egypt & probably the first church to be built in the Basilican style. It was named after its location which is above the gate of the Babylon Fortress or the Old Roman Fortress. You need to go through 29 steps to reach the church & that’s why the some travelers has also named it as the “Staircase Church”.

Coptic Museum

Established in 1908, 109 years ago, Coptic Museum has the largest collection of Egyptian Christian artifacts in the world. Located in Coptic Cairo, which is a part of the Old City, Coptic Museum was founded by Marcus Simaika and is one of the prime example of Coptic Art in the world. It houses rich history & culture of Egypt right from the prehistoric era to the modern era. Over 15,000 different objects are on display in the museum.

Things to Do in Cairo

Visit the Pyramids of Giza - If you want to know the ancient Egyptian history from the close quarter, then this is your chance to grab a lifetime opportunity with flight tickets booking from Cairo to sharm el sheikh to enjoy your holiday peacefully. Regarded as one of the last remaining ancient Seven Wonders of the World, Pyramids of Giza enriches you not only with its magnificent artistry but also with the rich history and culture associated with it.

Visit the Pyramid of Djoser - If you want to the origin of the pyramid, this is place you must visit. Regarded as the first ever pyramid built in the entire Egypt, Pyramid of Djoser is a step pyramid & the first cut stone construction ever done. So this could very well turn out be an unique experience on which you don’t want to miss out.

Visit the Egyptian Museum - If you are a fan of ancient history, then this place will excite you the most. Regarded as the one of the finest museum in the country, Egyptian Museum has a massive collection of ancient antiquities which provides you each & every small details about the civilization of ancient era

Visit the Al-Azhar Mosque - One of the finest building in Cairo to be built during the era of Fatimid Dynasty, which are known to be the founders of the city, Al-Azhar Mosque provides you with the typical Islamic architecture of the ancient era. It is also one of the oldest university in the world being established in 988 AD.

Visit the Coptic Cairo - If you want to know about the Old City of Cairo & its rich culture, you must visit this place during your tour of the city. But make sure you spare a day for this visit because it has multiple places which need to be visited right the Coptic Museum to the famous Hanging Church to the traditional Mosque of Amar Ibn al-As.

Visit the Khan al-Khalili - As with all the cities of Middle East & Arabic culture, you will also find souks in the city of Cairo. Built during the 14th century, Khan al-Khalili attracts a lot of tourist for its traditional & handicraft items. It is also a home to Cairo’s most famous coffee shop, which offers you some great Arabic flavor coffee & sweet tea.

Visit the Mosque of Muhammad Ali - Situated in the Citadel of Cairo, Mosque of Muhammad Ali is the one of the largest & most visited mosque of Cairo. The spectacular building is constructed in Ottoman style using the lime-stones. It is opened daily between 8am to 5pm, but during Friday visitors are not allowed.

Visit the Cairo Tower - Located in the downtown of the city, Cairo Tower is the tallest structure in the Egypt & one of the tallest in the African continent. With a height of 187m, it provides you some stunning panoramic views of the entire city. It is also referred as “Nasser’s Pineapple” by the locals. The best time to visit it is at night after 8pm.

Visit the Downtown Cairo - Regarded as the “Paris of the East” in the 19th century, Downtown Cairo offers you allows you capture some of the greatest spectacles of the former era. You can stroll through the entire area without having take a taxi. The whole block is stuffed with various masterpieces of architecture that engages a lot of travelers

Visit the famous Tahrir Square - A public place located in the heart of the city of Cairo has seen all the major political revolution of the country. Right from 1919 revolution to the latest 2011 revolution where president Hosni Mubarak was forced to resign, Tahrir Square has seen it all. SO visit this place & be a part of Egyptian history.

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