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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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Modern Cairo

National Museum

al-Azhar mosque

Old Cairo

Hanging church

Coptic museum

The churches

The synagogue


Mosque of Amr

Ibn Tulun Mosque

Khan el-Khalili

The Citadel



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Hanging church

Cairo, Egypt

The most attractive sight in Old Cairo is the Hanging Church, so called because its nave used to suspend over the road beneath.
That effect is since long lost, even if the steep staircase of 29 steps in front is unusual and indicates the uncommon construction.
The original church is said to date back to late 3rd or early 4th century. But this was destroyed in the 9th century, and not rebuilt before the 11th century. Since then have there been a great number of alterations and additions. Some parts of what is seen now dates no further back than the 19th century. Much has also been repaired since the earthquake of 1992.
Cairo, Egypt

Crowds of Copts during the Easter celebations in 2003.

By Tore Kjeilen