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“A special part of Cairo” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Old City (Coptic Cairo)

Old City (Coptic Cairo)
Cairo, Egypt
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Ranked #17 of 145 Attractions in Cairo
Type: Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: 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.
Singapore, Singapore
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“A special part of Cairo”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Supposedly one of the oldest areas of Cairo, this area has a special charm and atmosphere that brings you back to a time centuries ago. Amongst the cobbled walkways are churches, burial grounds and even a very small synagogue, all with fascinating architecture and interiors, most of them very well maintained. The area was also quite and peaceful and quiet unlike the busy streets of Cairo. It was a whole morning well spent.

Visited March 2013
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“A must-see in Cairo, less touristic than the pyramids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

When coming to Cairo everybody obviously wants to see the pyramids but in a sense there are so many photos of them everywhere that there is nothing to really discover except their size. In the Old city you can stroll around, visit magnificent churches, and also see some very nice artisan works (embroidery, wood carving, etc) of a much better quality than what you can see in the super touristic places.

Visited March 2013
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“Walking the streets of Babylon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

Visit the Coptic Museum and see the Nag Hammadi scrolls. Here the Muslim call to prayer while strolling these ancient streets. Stop in the church that claims to have been visited by Mary, Joseph, and Jesus.

Visited June 2013
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“So interesting and beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

The place was beautiful, construction was flawless. Most of the churches and places that we visited were well maintaine---old but well maintained!
I felt a little intimidated by it all. I understand (according to the guide) that the Coptics (christians in Egypt) were about 10 percent of the population (have not confirmed this). Their pope was different than the Vatican Pope, dressed in black, and with a lng beard. Moreover, many of them tatoo themselves with the coptic cross. This was something completely new to me and so interesting to see that there is the 90% of muslim Cairo, and the 10% of coptic Cairo and that they were so strong about their beliefs as well.

Visited May 2013
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Kingston, Canada
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“Such ancient history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Such an experience, hard to explain just what an effect such history has. To walk where so many famous names have gone before. To visit the area associated with the flight of the holy family, while not a religious person, the historical experience is still very special.

Visited August 2012
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