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“A street of great monuments, but be aware of new ticket requirements”

Sharia Al Mu'izz Li-Din Allah
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Islamic Cairo Walking Tour: Khan el Khalili, Al-Azhar Mosque
Ranked #41 of 325 things to do in Cairo
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Owner description: Cairo's main street which recently became pedestrian only is filled with historic sites.
Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is the oldest or most important street of medieval Cairo along which are a great number of historically significant monuments. It's definitely worth a day or half a day's visit.

From Khan el-Khalili you can follow the main paved street north to a series of back-to-back monumental complexes built by various sultans. The street ends at the northern gate of Bab al-Futuh and the old city walls. If you go south from Khan el-Khalili, you'll have to cross Al-Azhar street, then pass between the two buildings of Sultan al-Ghuri and along a packed market street to Bab Zuweila, an old city gate open inside as a small museum from which you can climb two minarets for stunning views.

NEW UPDATE: You must now purchase an official ticket to visit most of the main monuments in the Bayn al-Qasrayn area (the area north of Khan el-Khalili including the Sultan Qalawun complex). This is new from last year, and isn't yet mentioned in any of the main travel books. The price is 100 Egyptian pounds for foreigners, or 50 for foreign students.

It's a pretty steep price, however it's valid for all of 6-7 monuments along the street, and it's partly an improvement to the previous state of affairs because each monument is now always open and you can visit it entirely without being bothered by baksheesh-seeking caretakers (who in my last experience were neither helpful nor friendly). If one of the mausoleum chambers is locked you should be able to find someone to open it, without necessarily giving a tip. Similarly, the Hammam of Sultan Inal and the Qasr/Palace Bashtak appears to be visited with a guide, but no tip seems to be expected either (presumably it's included in the ticket price, thankfully). The guides only speak Arabic but still show you around the building which would otherwise be a little difficult to understand. At the Qasr Bashtak you will even be taken to the roof from where there are good views of al-Muizz street.

2  Thank BobPraz
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

In most historic places around the whole world; you can't find all these ancient buildings & landmarks together in one street , really preserved & finally cleaned, decorated & taken care of by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism.

Thank RaoufElkoussy
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

dont talk to randoms, ignore as if they not there, enjoy the scene, bargain hard! very hard! other than than walk and look around! dont worry its culture thing, they not dangerous

Thank ElHelw-O
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Reviewed May 19, 2012

old mosques,lovely old buildings,all you need to see if you are interested in old Cairo.

Thank CairoTraveller73
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

You begin your tour from El Nasr (victory) gate, which is one of the gates in the wall surronding old cairo. Just at the end of the gate you will find a grave of a man who had the dream of entering cairo but the guards of the gate didn't allow him, when at last they gave him permission, he died while crossing the gate. To the left after you pass the gate you will find El Hakem Beamr Ellah mosque, after a short walk in the cobble stone paved street you will go in a small street at your left to visit El Sehemy House, then returning to the main street you can visit Soliman Aga El Selehdar, El Akmar mosque, Al Soltan Barkook mosque, Ebn Kalawoon mosque, Al Soltan Al Kamel mosque, Al Soltan Negm El Deen Aioub mosque, El Ashraf Bersbay mosque, many of osmanly sabeels, and then you will smell a mix of spicies smells, is this is the market for spices. Complete your walk to pass through the jewelry area ( El Sagha), then complete your visit in Khan El Khalily and El Azhar, and don't miss setting in Feshawy cafe and have a glass of green tea.

3  Thank SamehLabib
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