An Ancient and Modern Journey Through Cairo

An Ancient and Modern Journey Through Cairo

Did you know that Cairo means "The Vanquisher or "The Triumphant”?

Here is where the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World is located! Take a journey to the capital of Egypt to explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids.

Today, Greater Cairo encompasses various historic towns and modern districts. But there are also so many other tourist attractions located in Cairo.

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The Great Sphinx of Giza

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The Great Sphinx of Giza is a large half-human, half-lion statue in Egypt. It is one of the largest single-stone statues on Earth, and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians in the 3rd millennium BC. Although most of the Sphinx is intact; the nose on the face is missing.

The Citadel of Saladin

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Started by Saladin in 1176, the citadel was built as a fortification against the Crusaders and was home to Egypt’s rulers for 700 years. Citadel of Saladin is considered to be among the most popular historical sites of Cairo. This includes visiting the marvellous Mosque of Mohamed Ali, four interesting museums, viewing the marvellous architecture of the citadel, and watching Cairo from above.

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The Pyramid of Djoser, Saqqara

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Located about 30 km south of Cairo, Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt which features the world's oldest step pyramid. The Pyramid of Djoser can be found in Saqqara. The step pyramid at Saqqara was designed by Imhotep for King Djoser. Saqqara is also the location of the newly opened Imhotep Museum.

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The Mosque of Amr ibn al-A'as

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Despite the fact that most of its original structure has been replaced, the mosque’s historical significance is due to the fact that it is the site of the first Muslim settlement in Egypt and the first mosque in Africa.

The Amr Mosque was not merely a place of worship but also served as a court for settling religious and civil disputes. Moreover, teaching circles were organized either for general religious preaching or teaching lessons in Quranic sciences, jurisprudence and Prophet Muhammad's Tradition (Hadith). The mosque could hold up to 5,000 students.

The Hanging Church

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The most famous site in Coptic Cairo is the Church of the Virgin Mary, better known by its nickname, the Hanging Church. The church dates from the 9th century, but the site is thought to have first been occupied by the church as early as the 3rd century AD, making it one oldest Christian religious site in Egypt.

It is also considered to be the most beautiful of the old churches in the area. The ornate interior is covered in bone and ivory inlaid designs that seem influenced by the geometric and organic forms that characterize Islamic art.

The Cairo Tower

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It’s nice to be up high in Cairo. It gives one a prospective view of this great city, with its very modern and very ancient districts. This 187 meter tall tower is said to imitate a lotus plant, and also ranks among the world’s highest towers.

There are also free telescopes at the top floor of the tower to enable visitors to explore Cairo in a totally different way. There is also a nice revolving restaurant that enables its visitors to see all the parts of Cairo. The best time to visit the tower is at sunset, when millions of twinkling lights come to life.

The Egyptian Museum

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The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is considerd to be one of the oldest, most famous, and largest museums in the world. The Egyptian Museum boasts 107 halls filled with artifacts dating from the prehistoric through the Roman periods, with the majority of the collection focused on the pharaonic era. The museum houses approximately 160,000 objects covering 5,000 years of Egypt's past.

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