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Cairo Tourist Attractions

The Egyptian capital of Cairo (Arabic El-Qahira or Misr el-Qahira), the largest city on the African continent and in the Islamic world, long known as the "Gateway to the East" and a mediator between Christianity and Islam, lies in latitude 30°4' north and longitude 34°17' east with the main part of the city on the right bank of the Nile, some 12.5mi/20km south of the point where the river divides into the Rosetta and Damietta arms.
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  • Museum of Islamic Art
  • El-Muayyad Mosque
  • El-Azhar Mosque
  • (8) El-Hakim Mosque
  • (9) Abu Bekr ibn Muzhir Mosque
  • (10) Sabil Kuttab Wikala
  • (11) Beit el-Suheimi
  • (12) Mohammed el-Nasir Mosque
  • (13) Barquqiya Mosque
  • (14) El-Aqmar Mosque
  • (15) Salih Ayyub Mausoleum
  • (16) Khan el-Khalili
  • (17) El-Ghuri Medrese and Mausoleum
  • (18) Fakahani Mosque
  • (19) Salih Talai Mosque
  • (20) El-Mardani Mosque
  • (21) Rusun Mosque
  • (22) Sultan Shaapan Medrese
  • (23) Sulaimaniya Mosque
  • (24) Surdun Mosque
  • (25) Ibrahim Aga House
  • (26) Aq Sunqur Mosque
  • (27) Emir Khairbek Mosque
  • (28) El-Gei el-Yusufi Medrese
  • (29) El-Rifai Mosque
  • (30) Qani Bey Medrese
  • (31) Emir Taz Palace
  • (32) Emir Sheikhu Convent
  • (33) Khushqadam el-Ahmedi Mosque
  • (34) Beit el-Kiridliya
  • (35) Shagarat el-Durr Mausoleum
  • Citadel
  • (36) Mohammed Ali Mosque
  • (37) Bir Yusuf (Joseph's Well)
  • (38) El-Nasir Mosque
  • (40) Moqattam Tower
  • (41) Military Museum
  • St Joseph
  • National Circus
  • Palace of Art
  • Mohammed Khalil Museum
  • St Mark's Church
  • Sinan Pasha Mosque
  • Ramesses Square
  • Coptic Cathedral
  • Opera Square
  • Coptic Church
  • New Cathedral
  • Baibars Mosque
  • Baibars Convent
  • Qalaun Mosque
  • Musafirkhane Palace
  • (1) United Kingdom Embassy
  • (2) United States Embassy
  • (3) Foreign Ministry
  • (4) Supreme Court
  • (5) Gumhuriya Theater
  • Mukhtar Museum
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Ethnological Museum
  • Geological Museum
  • Abdin Palace
  • Agricultural Museum
  • Cotton Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Papyrus Institute
  • (6) Emir Salar and Sanjar Mausoleum
  • (7) Qait Bey Mosque
  • Church of St George
  • Ibn Tulun Mosque
  • Amr Ibn el-As Mosque
  • Manisterli Palace
  • Nilometer
  • (26) Aq-Sunqur Mosque
  • Sultan Hasan Mosque
  • Tombs of the Mamelukes
  • Fort Mohammed Ali
  • El-Giyushi Mosque
  • El-Shafi Burial Mosque

Postal Museum

Near to the Opera Square is the Head Post Office, with the Postal Museum.
The museum opened to the public in 1940 and is home to over 1,200 exhibits highlighting postal equipment, stamps, air mail and statistics.

Liberation Square

The hub of the modern city of Cairo is the spacious Midan el-Tahrir, with the Liberation Monument (originally begun,as a monument to King Fuad). Here all the city's main traffic arteries meet. To the southwest of the square are the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Government Buildings, to the southeast the American University and the National Assembly.

Shopping District

To the northeast of the Midan el-Tahrir are the main commercial and shopping districts of the modern city, which are entirely European in character. The goods sold in the shops here are marked with fixed prices, which cannot be reduced by bargaining like prices in the bazaars.

Ethnological Museum

In Shari Qasr el-Aini, which runs south from the Midan el-Tahrir, is the Ethnological Museum.
Address: 109 Qasr al-Ayni Street, Egypt

Mukhtar Museum

The Mukhtar Museum in Cairo is located in the Tahrir Gardens.
Address: Gazirah, Egypt

Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum, founded in 1857, contains the world's largest collection of Egyptian and Greco-Roman artifacts and is one of Cairo's top tourist attractions.

Corniche el-Nil

Just beyond the Egyptian Museum the Corniche el-Nil along the bank of the Nile is lined by large modern hotels and prestige buildings.

Geological Museum

In Shari el-Sheikh Rihan is the Geological Museum.
It was established in 1904 and features geological specimens specific to Egypt as well as around the world.
Address: Kornish El Nil, Egypt

Ezbekiya Gardens

The Ezbekiya Gardens were laid out in 1870 and today its verdant greenery provides a pleasant refuge from the noise and chaos of modern Cairo.

Shari el-Muski

The main thoroughfare of the old Arab town of Cairo is formed by Shari el-Muski, a street laid out in the first half of the 19th century, and its continuation Shari Gohar el-Qaid, which leads southeast from the Ezbekiya Gardens. Externally these streets, with their European-style shops, have lost their Oriental character, but they still present all the noise and bustle, the constant lively activity of the East.

Fatimid Town

Bazaar Quarter

The chaotic and fun Bazaar Quarter in Cairo is a maze of shops selling almost everything imaginable.

Island on the Nile

Highlights:

Citadel & Mohammed Ali Mosque

The Necropolises and the Moqattam Hills

Old Cairo

Old Cairo lies within the walls of historic Old Babylon. This area of twisty laneways is full of history and culture, and one of the city's top tourist destinations.

Fustat

To the northeast of Old Cairo are the remains of Fustat. Numerous finds from the site are now in the Museum of Islamic Art and the Coptic Museum. Between the Mosque of Amr and Fustat is the Potters' Quarter, in which the popular big bellied water jars known as kulla are made.

Hill of the Jews

Some 22mi/35km north of Cairo, 2mi/3km southeast of Shibin el-Kanatir, is Tell el-Yahudiya ("Hill of the Jews"), the site of ancient Leontopolis. Here Ramesses III built a temple faced with glazed mosaic tiles (most of which are now in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo). The technique of manufacture of the tiles is interesting, the coloring being produced partly by glazing and partly by inlaid pieces of glass. Later (170 B.C.) a Jewish High Priest named Onias, with assistance from Ptolemy VI Philometor, built a temple, modeled on Solomon's Temple, for the Jews who had been expelled from Jerusalem. There is little left to see on the site.

Mena House Oberoi

Mena House Oberoi started welcoming guests in 1869 and has been visited by Kings, Queens, other dignitaries and celebrities. Rooms in the Old Palace section feature beautiful details such as rich carpets, murals, arched windows and gilding.
Address: Pyramids' Road, Giza, Egypt

West Bank of the Nile

Extending from the southern point of the Giza district up to the Imbaba Bridge, the west bank of the Nile in Cairo has several attractions, mainly of the botanical or agricultural nature.

Zoo

Located at the Zoological Gardens on al-Giza, just south of Cairo University, this zoo is one of the oldest in the world. There are 100 acres housing endangered species, a reptile house and some "standard" zoo animals such as lions, bears and camels.

Dokki

To the west of Gezira and Roda, on the left bank of the Nile, is the modern district of Dokki, with the Agricultural Museum, set in a beautiful park, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Agricultural Museum

The Agricultural Museum is housed in the Palace of Princess Fatma.
It opened in 1938 and is dedicated to the history of agriculture in Eqypt.
Address: Duqqi, Egypt

Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art is located in the Cairo Opera House. Exhibits feature Egyptian artists and foreign artists, who once lived in Egypt.
Address: Gazirah Exibition Grounds, Egypt

Giza

Police on a camel in Giza.
To the west of Gezira and Roda, on the left bank of the Nile, is the modern district of Giza, with the extensive Botanic Gardens.

Musaferkhana Palace (closed)

Musaferkhana Palace was an example of late Ottoman architecture. Unfortunately the palace was burned to the ground in 1998.

Tomb of the Unkown Soldier

On the way from the Cairo airport is the tomb of the unknown soldier, site of President Sudat's assassination and burial.

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