What to see in Cairo

Cairo Attractions

One only needs to look up to the Pyramid on the skyline to be reminded that Cairo's ancient attractions are part of the city's fabric rather than only tourist exhibits.

Cairo has been attracting tourists for thousands of years, and the Pyramids of Giza, alongside the Sphinx, are some of the oldest and arguably most impressive attractions in the world. One would think other attractions in Cairo competing for attention would pale in comparison. Yet, visitors find that some of the best sights in Cairo are rare places where people go about daily life in ancient surroundings.

Not least among these is Khan al-Khalili, a central and much used market which gives visitors a chance to experience the bazaar much as it was 700 years ago. Another is Old Cairo, an ancient Coptic Christian community from Roman times. Other historic religious sites still in use include the ancient Hanging Church and the slightly less ancient (12th century) but enormous Saladin Citadel which boasts a number of stunning mosques.

Tourists shouldn't discount the museums either, particularly the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which is one of the most impressive in the World and full of scary mummies.

There are many tour groups but visitors can just as easily choose to explore their favourite destinations on their own; before long, these solitary trips usually include an eager, unofficial tour guide anyway.

Asfour Crystal Factory

The Egyptians were the first people to develop the art technology to manufacture glass and cut it into beautiful shapes.…

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Coptic Church of St. George (Mari Girgis)

The only round , or domed, church left in Cairo, the Greek Church of St. George features a long set of steps that lead…

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Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

With over 100,000 artefacts in 107 halls, the Egyptian Museum provides days of exploration. Inside are treasures from…

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Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)

The Hanging Church in Cario derives its name from its location on top of the southern tower gate of the old Babylon fortress,…

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Khan al-Khalili

Buzzing with enthusiastic buying and selling, Khan al-Khalili is one of the largest markets in the world. It is situated…

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Old Cairo

This small and enclosed area, also known as Coptic Cairo, is the oldest part of the city and was once known as the Roman…

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Pyramids of Giza

The pyramids are the earth's oldest tourist attraction and the Great Pyramid of Khufu (also referred to as the Great…

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Ramses II Statue

Discovered in 1882 during excavations, the statue of Pharaoh Ramses II was cut into six pieces in the 1950s and moved…

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Saladin Citadel (Al-Qalaa)

The massive stone fortress of the Saladin Citadel, set in a beautiful tropical location, was built by Salah ad-Din in…

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