Tourist Destinations in Cairo
Cairo, the capital of Egypt, has lots to offer to the tourists. The city is dotted with ancient monuments, mosques and churches. Below mentioned are the not-to-be-missed-out destinations in Cairo.
The Egyptian Museum is home to ancient history and secrets that dates back several centuries. Here, you will find treasures of the Pharaohs, mummies, jewelry, et al.
Khan El-Kahilili Bazaar is not just famous in Egypt but in the whole of the Middle East. It is located at a corner of a group of markets that stretch south to Bab Zuwayla and west to Azbakiyyah.
Saqqara is to be a huge cemetery of ancient Memphis and has been witnessing active burial for over 3500 years. It is also the largest archaeological site of Egypt. Several interesting discoveries have been made here, yet Saqqara is considered a virgin and is expected to still carry with it many hidden secrets.
Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, built in 879 AD, is one of the largest mosques in the city. Built by Ahmad Ibn Tulun, the mosque is known worldwide for its exquisite designs and architecture.
The Open Air museum is built around a magnificent fallen colossal lime stone statue of King Ramses II. This statue is carved in limestone and is about 33.8 ft long, and has no feet.
Though in ruins, the Pyramid of Medium still holds a magical charm and is located 65 km south of Sakkara. This pyramid is not often found in the itinerary of the tourists but it is strongly recommended.
Dahshur is one of the most important cemeteries belonging to the Ancient Egyptian capital Memphis. Initially, Dahshur was home to 11 pyramids from the IV and XII dynasties, but today only two remains intact among others - the Bent Pyramids and the Red Pyramids.
The Hanging church goes back to the 3rd century AD and is built on the ruins of two old towers. These towers are the remains from the Fortress of Babylon. This is precisely why it is called the Hanging Church, as it lays suspended between the two towers. The church is dedicated to The Virgin Mary and St Dimiana and is supposed to be oldest church in Old Cairo.
Sultan Hassan Madrassa, is the most compact of all the monuments in Cairo. It was built by the ruler of Mamluk Sultan Hassan during 1356 AD and was the religious school for all the branches of Sunni Islam.
The Pyramids of Giza is made up of three main pyramids - The Great Pyramid of Khufu, The Pyramid of Khafre, and The Pyramid of Menkaure. These are the three main pyramids, which were built in the third and fourth dynasties.
The Church of Saint Barbara is one of the oldest churches in Egypt. The church is in the form of a Roman Basilica and has an entrance, a narthex, a nave, two aisles and three sanctuaries located in the east wing.
The Church of Saint Sergius or St Sergio dates back to the 4th century. The church is believed to be built on the same spot where the Holy Family - Joseph, May and infant Christ, had visited during their escape from the King Herod.
The Ben Ezra Synagogue is located behind the Hanging Church. This was originally a Christian church of the Coptic Christians, but which they had to sell to the Jews to in 882 AD to meet the annual taxes.
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