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City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)
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Half-Day Tour to the City of the Dead Necropolis from Cairo
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Private Half-Day Tour to City of the Dead and Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo
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6-Hour Private Tour to the Alabaster Mosque City of Dead and Alazhar Park in...
Ranked #48 of 319 things to do in Cairo
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Owner description: Many magnificent funerary complexes are located here including the Mosque of Qaitbey (completed in 1474 AD), the Complex of Sultan Ashraf Barsbey and the Mausoleum of Ibn Barquq.
Reviewed February 16, 2012

If you are into history and culture, pay a visit. If you are a tourist on holiday, forget it! This is a place with sadness, as many people live in the tombs of their ancestors. The poverty can be upsetting to some to say the least. Having said that, you won't see anyone who will not smile at you but not a place to go alone, hire a local guide.

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Reviewed February 9, 2012

Its amazing to see how all the residents have made their homes and businesses in the tombs. If you are very luck you may be invited in to one of the tombs (home to a family) as I was. I was surprised to see the house equipped with TV, DVD, CD player and all mod cons!

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Reviewed January 3, 2012

What a pity that such old beautiful mausolea have ended up this way! With such a long rich history, the more recent architecture is unloved. Almost anywhere else in the world they would be major tourist destinations - some are 1200 years old.

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Reviewed November 14, 2011

We were left behind by the train to Alexandria so nothing left to do but to hunt for a sight to see in Cairo and we took a taxi and ended up at the city of the dead. This is an impoverished area of urban Cairo were the dead and the living resides side by side. Most people who lives there are casualties of the city's urbanization pressures and those who came from far away provinces looking for opportunities in the city plus those who've lost their homes during the 1992 earthquake.

It's more than 6kms. of tombs and mausoleum, where some people live and work amongst the dead. Our taxi was asking us what we're going to do there -- I said --- Tour. He can't believe it. Anyways, for photographer, it would be an excellent place with so many photo-op.

There're flower vendors around the entrances of the cemetery, the street is not very well paved, it's dusty and dirty at some areas but it's quite interesting just meandering along the small alleys in between tombs. There's also a very interesting old mosque though am nit sure if it's still functioning but the guy sitting beside it says it's opening at 11:00am and we were early.

We walked around the insides of the cemetery and chance upon a nice chap whose family own some hectares of land in the cemetery who gave us a mini tour of the area and took us inside a huge mausoleum of a very prominent history figure whose name I forgot, but I'd bet he must be rich and extremely important -- having a lavish structure. He took the key from the caretaker, everybody know him in the area and somewhat respected at such a very yooung age. He even walked us until the nearby AlAzhar Park.

The city of the dead is located just below the Mokattam Hills and the citadel is just up there.

Entry is free, but you'll find some beggars and if you start handing alm to one, others will follow -- so avoid. But don't forget to greet the people around with "Salam Alaikum" as a sign of respect, esp. those who are holding big bunch of keys - they're caretakers.

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Reviewed September 9, 2011

Cairo is a very beautiful city, with lovely shopping food is lovely, and of course the Pyramids, i love the history of Egpyt, the Pyramids was amazing Wow they are so big the three of them is just breathtaking, we went on a camel which was just great, and the Egyptian people are just lovely, they will do any thing for you, and if you get Mohamed as your tour Guide well you will have an amazing time, he is just lovely, he show us loads of things, very friendly and helpfull, and he will make sure you have a wonderful time, i would very recomment Mohamed, there isn't anything that do doesn't know about Egypt.
I Absolutely love Egypt and i really can't wait to go again, and i will be haveing Mohamed as my tour Guide.

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