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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...more
Visiting Islamic Cairo, it’s mosques, museum, neighborhoods, cafes and interacting with the locals is just as important as paying a visit to the Sphinx or Pyramids. However, I must say that I was not prepared for the virtual city (all over Cairo) of rubble, garbage,...More
I am so glad that the Mongols advance was stopped before they decimated Cairo, leaving us this rich heritage of Islamic Cairo. It is definitely worth visiting for it contains one of the richest deposits of Islamic architecture in the world.
Enjoyable tour of old southern Cairo dating from the 7th century AD, filled with Arabesque & Islamic buildings, mosques, cafes, coffeehouses, medrassas, shops, vendors & street scenes. Perfect to stop by at the Khan Al-Khalili market / souk & get an Arabic coffee & water...More
After seeing all the ancient Egyptian temples, the last two days in Cairo was a delight. I so enjoyed walking around the streets interacting with locals and seeing all the fantastic mosques. Was nice not to be shuttle around and actually just soak up the...More
Buildings are really impressive, but very poor maintenance . If the tourism department takes care of this aspect & keeps it clean. It will attract more people. I did not see any tourist visiting this place compared to the crowd near Giza pyramids
The shops are busy centers of activity, the open markets for food hum with activity. The climb to the top of the mosque was worth the effort as the view gave a better idea of how the Egyptian move through their daily activities. This gave...More
You have to go to Islamic Cairo and spend at least a whole day here. The spirit of Cairo is truly here in the markets, food, cafes, mosques and madrassa complexes - it can't be beat. Hard to access by metro, so take a taxi...More
Response from vagabond8486 | Reviewed this property |
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
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 in the somewhat worried times, because, after all Cairo is not entirely recovered after the Arabic Spring and many happenings which followed after that in Egypt. BUT, you should absolutely visit that part since it gives you a good idea how most of common egyptian people live their every day life. You will, also, find them very warm and simple. In my personal opinion you have not seen Cairo if you have not seen Islamic Cairo.
Enjoy your visit.