Historic Sites in Cairo

Historic Sites in Cairo, Egypt

Cairo Historic Sites

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  • Askgit
    Halifax, Canada137 contributions
    Amazing place to visit with ancient charm and a long fascinating history. The inside is as amazing as the outside. We were lucky to find MR. Jamal Aldine at the entrance door of the masjid to tell us a detail history about the masjid and the area around it with a reasonable price
    Written September 9, 2022
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  • bikehog
    Lakewood Ranch, FL685 contributions
    We visited the Citadel and mosque in August 2022. Amazing view from the top. Very interesting history. Hot though.
    Written September 6, 2022
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  • CCleChat
    Brisbane, Australia92 contributions
    Well presented, and large, cool complex to visit in the heat of Cairo's late morning July! Interesting history, and a great view.
    Written August 22, 2022
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada21,459 contributions
    Quite impressive here is the spaciousness of the "interior square" of this mosque although its corridors on the four sides & the round-shaped pavilion in the middle are all quite plain I would say (nowhere as elaborate as the similar square at the Muhammad Ali Mosque at the Cairo Citadel visited just prior to here although it's one of smaller size than this one). Then yes, what can be done here which is likely not possible at many mosques of the world (my first such experience among those I've been to) is to go right up above the Mosque where there are actually "2 parts": its rooftop with a fairly spacious area to walk around on the four sides (where you can go "right to the edge" to see the big square down below); and its minaret which you go up along an "exterior staircase" (for some great views of the city to some distances all around including the view of the Citadel located not too far away from this mosque).

    So, it was actually "4 mosques" that I visited on the same day with the fourth one (apart from this one, Muhammad Ali at the Citadel as mentioned above & also the smaller mosque just within the Citadel) being the mosque right beside this one which is actually one seemingly "not in use" with signs of decay around its small square inside but with its minaret also being one available for going up (a "tighter space" to move around at the top of that one though compared to the top of the minaret at this mosque). And also located right beside this mosque (in the "opposite direction" as that to the fourth mosque just mentioned which was actually the third one in my "order of visit" just before this mosque) is Gayer-Anderson House Museum which despite its 3-story structure is not much one for impression with a "dreary look" from outside (and which is all I saw of it arriving at about their closing time of 3 pm).
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • Tessa C
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    This is 2 houses joined together. They were purchased by Dr Anderson who left them to the Egyptian people when he left Cairo in 1943. They are traditional Islamic houses, beautifully restored and give a brilliant insight into life in Cairo at that time, plus Dr Anderson filled the rooms with his collection of antiques from all over.
    Written September 15, 2022
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  • Tom
    Maple Grove, MN1,913 contributions
    Definitely worth a stop when visiting this area of Cairo. This site has an interesting mix of history, as it was originally a church and then converted about a century ago. No pictures allowed inside.
    Written October 13, 2021
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  • Jazzumbo
    Romania1,646 contributions
    Out of the three Fatimid gates that remained standing nowadays, Bab Zuwayla is the most dramatic, with its crowning fifteen-century minarets. It leads the visitors to a bazaar quarter that is as full of life today as it was in the Middle Age.
    In the early Mameluke period, the sultans use to sit on the platform between the two towers to watch the procession of the Mahmal, the ceremonial palanquin that accompanied the annual pilgrimage caravan to Mecca. However, this gate was also a place for public executions, and the heads of criminals were displayed above the gates on spikes. Even Tumanbay, the last Mameluke sultan of Egypt was hanged here in 1517, after the country's conquest by the Ottomans. Tumanbay’s rope broke on the first two attempts before his luck ran out. His body remained suspended from the gate for three days, and then was buried
    The views from towers are spectacular, although part of the neighborhood is sadly neglected.
    Written June 24, 2022
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  • Jazzumbo
    Romania1,646 contributions
    The whole complex, with all its components – hospital, madrassa and mausoleum - was built in just thirteen months, between June 1284 – August 1285. Its splendor and imposing scale keep surprising the visitors after more than seven centuries.
    The minaret recalls the shape of Syrian minarets, while the walls decoration features elements from Spain and North Africa that were perhaps the work of artisans from Andalusia and Morocco. The façade and the sumptuous interior have a Gothic touch, which is understandable considering that the sultan al-Mansour Qalawun was familiar with crusaders churches in Syria. He actually died five years later, at the age of 70 while on the way to the crusaders fortress of Acre, which he planned to attack.
    The museum’s guide, a passionate photographer, was very professional, providing a lot of useful info in a fluent English.
    Written June 29, 2022
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  • badrax
    Fort Lauderdale, FL1,443 contributions
    This is a great example of the richness of this incredible country
    A Roman fortress in the middle of Cairo
    Highly recommended
    Written October 17, 2019
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,216 contributions
    What a way to start a tour, this majestic entrance has many things of note, notably the massive doors which were a stronghold point in ancient times. It's free to enter.
    Written April 8, 2019
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK160,518 contributions
    Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay is a historic mosque in Islamic Cairo that was a historical complex of mosque, madrasa, a Sufi lodgings. Built during the Mamluk period, the architecture with characteristic minaret leitmotifs, geometric carved surface and interleaving of coloured stones.

    It’s free to enter and is worth a quick detour if in Islamic Cairo.
    Written November 7, 2019
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  • sakkara11
    Cairo, Egypt596 contributions
    The most original Pyramids! Ok, they might not look like we have pyramids in mind. We always think, all pyramids must look like the Pyramids of Giza. But the "perfect shape" is not preserved in most of the almost 100 pyramids, still to be seen in Egypt. Abusir Pyramids are halfway between Giza and Sakkara. And you litterally pass by them. Its a huge field, the significant onces are (like in Giza) 3 greater pyramids. But if you have time, go to walk some 400 meters to the sun temple of Niuserre and feel the atmosphere. You will not regret and you will tell your folks back home: "I have been an archeologist in Egypt"!
    Written February 2, 2021
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  • DEK_29
    Brisbane, Australia1,087 contributions
    This little church in Coptic Cairo is believed to be built in the site where the Holy Family stayed on their journey through Egypt. Down a flight of stairs there is a crypt where the family stayed. You can easily see it. On our visit there were visitors from many countries, so it took a while to get to see the cave.

    The church itself has a collection of early Christian manuscripts and bibles along with some early examples of Christian art. A relaxing place to visit, we were lucky to talk to a few Copts who were there on the day which was a nice experience.
    Written February 16, 2020
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,216 contributions
    Unlike any other building around this place stands out amongst this busy area. We didn't get to enter here but visit if you're in the area.
    Written March 25, 2019
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  • Ahmed AL-HABBAA
    Qaha, Egypt569 contributions
    Very beautiful palace, with a premium location beside the rive Nile. Very accessible. Free entry to Egyptians. Beautiful architecture with alot of wonderful paints and monuments.
    Written March 28, 2022
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