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Best Sightseeing Spots in Old Cairo

One of the world’s most astounding megacities, Cairo flaunts a rich and varied history that continues to enamor visitors from across the world. Its choatic energy, traffic, and boisterous energy add an exciting dimension to Cairo’s ancient architectural spoils and Islamic wonders. Egypt has a lot to offer, full of life, history, culture and heritage, the ancient country has a lot to offer travelers. From cosmopolitan comfort to ancient charm, Egypt is called the most of the world for good reason. 

The Pyramids of Giza

No city in the world blends modern architecture with magnificent ancient charms like the 4000-year-old complex of royal pyramids, temples and endless artifacts. Any trip to Egypt’s capital must include a trip to these majestic and awe-inspiring monuments. From the smallest pyramid of Menakaure to the second largest Pyramid of Khafre to the largest Great Pyramid of Giza by Khufu, the pyramids are an astounding site that have captured the imagination of people for centuries. The best time to visit is in the afternoon.

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The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir

Dead in the heart of Cairo on the borders of Tahrir Square sits the famous Egyptian Museum o Antiqtuities—the main museum showcasing the glorious and rich past of Egypt. This is a must-see for travelers as they get the chance to look at more than 120,000 ancient Egyptian artifacts. Be sure to take your sweet time and get lost in the museum chambers dedicated to Egypt’s most prosperous dynasties. Unravel the lives, traditions and history of the great pharaohs that once ruled over Egypt. 

Sultan Hassan Mosque & Madrasa

A stunning example of Mamluk architecute, this 14th century mosque is a true architectural marvel given its impressive size and striking beauty. The mosque is dedicated to Sultan Hassan and was built by Prince Muhammad Ibn Babylik Al-Muhassani. The huge building was made of stones and bricks and took a total of four years to complete. It was built on the souk al Khayl or the horse market. It is considered one of the Islamic world’s most famous landmark. The interior is lavishly decorated with fine materials and exquisite designs. 

 The site where the mosque was built was known as souk al Khayl or the market of horses. 

The Khan el Khalili Bazaar

Take a step into the world of medieval Cairo aka Islamic Cairo. You will be taken on an adventure filled with spices, fabric, perfume and relics. The area is not only a famous market but also a treasure trove of Islamic architecture with a number of monuments and mosques lining the street. 

Khan el Khalili was built in the 14th century during the Fatimid era. It has now become the perfect place to pick up unique sounvenirs to take back with you. Be sure to haggle and never accept the initial price offered to you. If you don’t like the price, you’ll find a bunch of other merchants selling similar items. You’ll have the chance to explore the bazaar with a small group of travelers on our specially curated 10-day Egypt tour.

Sultan Al Mansur Qalawun Mosque 

Built in the heart of Islamic, this complex includes a mosque, school and mausoleum. The maurista of the mosque was transformed into a modern hospital in the early 20th century. The windows and architecture flaunt a rare mix of gothic and Mamluk style. It is undoubtedly one of the most popular places to visit in the famous El Muizz Street in Islamic Cairo. 

El Ghoreya

This complex is the main landmark of the Al-Azhar area situated at the beginning of Al-Muizz Street. On the east of the street, the mausoleum of Al-Guri sits formidably. Unfortunately, his remains from battle with Ottomans were never found and never buried there.

Mohamed Ali Mosque

Considered the father of modern Egypt, Mohamed Ali basically established the Khedivate of Egypt and Sudan. With the French occupation of Egypt between 1798 and 1801, he descendants of Mohamed Ali ruled Egypt until the 1952 revolution.

The great ruler built one of Cairo’s most awe-inspiring monuments. He built the mosque to commemorate the memory of his late sun. The mosque is still in pristine decision and stands out clearly over the rest of the citadel. Along with the mosque, the citadel includes the National Military Museum and another Mamluk mosque.

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