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Liberation Square (Midan El-Tahreer)
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Chisinau, Moldova
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“Modern Icon”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

To see modern Egypt and Cairo it has now become important to visit the famous Tahrir Square -- which is really a huge round-about. Not a square at all. It is easy to get to by foot or train. A fascinating part of modern history and not in general as dangerous as one might think. Just pay close attention to the Embassy warnings and the news. Good to combine it with a visit to the Egyptian Antiquities Museum next door and then a walk across the bridge over the Nile to Zamalek.

Visited December 2012
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“!A great difference”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

November last year my wife and me had a short trip to Cairo

Our first destination soon after dis-lodging our luggage at hotel was El-tahreer Square ,the place that witnessed Egyptian popular revolution against Mubarak's regime
As this is not my first visit to Cairo , I could immediately notice the difference not only in the setting of the square , but also in general public mood .

People could now voice their grievances loudly , political discussions abound . Gatherings of different political tunes are vibrantly scattered at all corners .

However the elegant look of the square was marred with clumsy decks . Maybe that was a tax levied by the revolution

Has the revolution attained its goal ? I think oncoming days will give the answer

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Occupied, Surrounding by Barbed Wire & Sandbags”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Not disappointed in the protests - just in the seeming transition that has resulted from the Egyptian 'revolution' of 2011... from one dictator perhaps to the next?

Visited December 2012
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Makati, Philippines
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“Busy thoroughfare with historical significance”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

It looks just like any square at the heart of a city, but one should at least see it to get a sense of what it must have looked during the violent events that took place in the 2011 Revolution. It was a quite a thrill to zip through Tahrir Square and see all the pedestrians, the armed guards, the vendors, the shops lining the perimeter, the Egyptian Museum, and some burnt buildings surrounding it.

Before taking the evening train to Aswan on my 5th day in Egypt, I got to witness a peaceful demonstration on Tahrir Square. My hotel overlooked the square, and I had a glimpse of how passionate the Egyptian citizens were in their political beliefs. Thankfully no bloodshed happened; it was a very orderly, peaceful protest.

Definitely a site to tick off from one's bucket list.

Visited November 2012
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“Dirty, Interesting, Unsafe”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

This is one of the birth places of modern Egypt. Like Tienanmen Square its not much to look at but it is interesting to set foot in the same spot as where all the action happened. Visiting now in 2012 you can still see cars and hotels burned out and still unmoved or rebuilt. I would suggest that any visit to the square is done by experienced traveler, with a local, and only in the day time.

There is still an element of protest that can occur at any time. There are some people still camping in the square and the police are afraid to take action. Traffic becomes a parking lot twice a day during commuting times.

There is a subway station located in the middle of the square. There is the main shopping street located of the square for clothes shopping. The shopping is nothing special. The Egyptian museum is located just off the square and the Nile is about 100 meters from the center.

If you must see this place then plan just 10 minutes max.

Visited September 2012
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