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Cairo



Cairo
Introduction

1. Modern Cairo

2. The National Museum

3. al-Azhar Mosque

4. Old Cairo

5. Hanging church

6. Coptic museum

7. Coptic churches

8. The synagogue

9. Fustat

10. Mosque of Amr

11. Ibn Tulun Mosque

12. Khan el-Khalili

13. The Citadel

14. Muhammad Ali Mosque

15. Sultan al-Nasir Mosque

16. Suleyman Pasha Mosque

17. The bloody museums

18. Panorama of Cairo

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CAIRO
The city that never ends

Cairo, with its 14 million inhabitants is one of the most fascinating cities in the world, as so many civilizations and historical epochs are represented here. Nearby, the Pyramids of Giza, perhaps the most famous human effort ever, is located, along with many other impressive monuments. The central Cairo is a bustling affair, often appearing like a group of major cities without real borders in between. And through the city, the life line of one of the world's earliest civilizations run, the Nile.

Cairo seen from Giza

Centre of Cairo seen from Gezira island. And the Nile, of course.

People of Cairo are mostly poor, but proud. No matter how many Euros or Dollars travellers bring, they will always know that their people have acheived something more spectacular than any other people. This is more than empty facts, Egyptians have such a strong identity that they have no reason to feel inferior to anybody. Politeness and friendliness to people showing attention to their cultural inheritance, is the result. The friendly ambiance of Cairo is there for anyone to experience.

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Modern Cairo is soon 150 years old. It was projected with Paris in mind...
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The National Museum could be worth a holiday by itself...
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al-Azhar is today the most important religious university in the Muslim world...
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Old Cairo is really compact, and you can see many sights in half a day...
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...it is called the Hanging Church because its nave used to suspend over the road beneath...
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...the Coptic Museum is the best chance to see the earliest part of Christianity's history...
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...there are 5 churches, one convent and a monastery within a radius of 100 metres...
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...the Ben Ezra synagogue is modest in appearance, delightful in interior and boasting of legends...
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The ruins of Fustat must be the least inviting historical site of Cairo...
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The Mosque of Amr is the oldest of Egypt, dating back to 641...
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The Mosque of Ibn Tulun is the oldest surviving mosque of Cairo, designed after the Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq...
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Khan el-Khalili is for many the most entertaining part of Cairo. It is an ancient shopping area, nothing less...
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The Citadel was for 700 years the strategic stronghold for Cairo, overlooking the city...
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Spectacular to anyone who has not been to Istanbul, the Muhammad Ali Mosque is really a reproduction...
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By Tore Kjeilen