Sights

Cairo has many sights, enough for a week or two. Here they are divided into sections according to their nature.

Of all the sights you cannot afford to miss the Pyramids (would you consider skipping them?), the Spinx and the Egyptian Museum. They are the unique remainders of the oldest civilization of the planet.

Try to get a good taste of islamic culture as well by visiting some of the mosques and the old town. Visiting these sights will give you some understanding of the basis of present day life in Egypt. Furthermore the COptic quarter offers some interesting sights worth exploring. The city of death is a category apart and merits a visit as well.

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Al Azhar

Al Azhar Mosque and the university have been the focal point of islamic learning for the last thousand years and continue to be an important centre for islamic studies today. You can visit the university and the mosque and they are good examples of islamic architecture.
type:Mosques
Rating:5

al Mu'allaqa

The basilica 'Al-Muaallaqah', meaning 'the hanging church', was built on top of the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon, hence its name. It dates as far back as the 4-th century AD, making it one of the oldest churches of Christianity.
In 2004 a new tunnel under the church used by the early c...(more)
type:Hotspots
Rating:1
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Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque of Cairo is less impressive than the one in Istanbul, but still definitely worth a visit. Great islamic architecture and a peaceful atmosphere where you can sit and relax and get away from the busy city.
type:Mosques
Rating:2

Coptic Museum

The museum houses a rare collection of ancient Christian relics including remains of architectural works, textiles, icons and old manuscripts reflecting the history of Coptic civilization. The Museum has an official WWW home page. Click here
Tel (+202)362.87.66
type:Coptic Quarter
Rating:5

Egyptian Museum

The biggest sinlge attraction within the city center for tourists is the Egyptian Museum. The sprawling sandstone building on Tahrir Square is packed with antiquities: mummies including the pharaohs Ramses II and III and Seti I, the contents of the tomb of Tutankhamen’s (King Tut) and many many ot...(more)
type:Museums
Rating:4.5

Greek Orthodox Cemetery

On the bounders of the Coptic Quarter lies a huge cemetery. Most graves look like small shrines. It's a very quiet place. As always when being in a cemetery, be respectful.
type:Graves and Cemeteries
Rating:5

Ibn Tulun

Ibn Tulun mosque is one of my favourites. A good example of the classical style of religious buildings in Cairo.
type:Mosques
Rating:5

Mohammed Ali Mosque

Not named after the boxer but after a ruler of Egypt, the Mohammed Ali Mosque in the Citadel of Cairo is one of the finest examples in its kind. Be sure to visit. The citadel itself is also nice.
type:Mosques
Rating:4

Museum of Islamic Art

The Museum of Islamic art has beautiful examples of Medieval art form the Islamic Empire. It is worth a visit fro those interested in the culture of Islam or for those who want to get away for a day from Pyramids, Sphinxes and temples. As of April 2005 the musuem was being renovated please check wit...(more)
type:Hotspots
Rating:3

Papyrus Museum

The Papyrus Museum explains you everything about this ancient form of paper that was so important for the development of civilization. Beautiful examples of old papyrus documents.
type:Museums
Rating:2.5

Pyramid of Zoser

Another famous attraction that is not in Cairo proper is Saqqara site of the Step Pyramid of Zoser and a number of interesting tombs (a doctor’s tomb has depictions of surgical operations and the Serapeum has the now empty tombs of 25 embalmed sacred oxen). Saqqara’s structures are much older th...(more)
type:Palaces
Rating:4

St. Barbara

Founded in the 5th Century, the Church was rebuilt in the 10th Century and still retains its wooden door, a magnificent example of fine Coptic art.
type:Coptic Quarter
Rating:1

St. George the Martyr

One of the more important churches of Coptic Cairo. Amidst a fury of burning candles, art of many different styles, periods and media (metals, oils, and mixed media) you will find depicted scenes from St. George's valiant fight for Christianity. In the nearby Convent of Saint George there was also a...(more)
type:Coptic Quarter
Rating:2

Christian and Judaic sites

And don't forget, there's also a rich Judaic and Christian history too. You can even visit the site where baby Moses was purported to have been picked up out of the nile.
type:general
Rating:1