Islamic Cairo

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Islamic Cairo
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After the Muslims conquered Egypt in 641 AD, they built their city, Al-Fustat, on what is now the southern border of modern Cairo. Today, this section of the city contains many important sites including the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Mosque of al-Azhar and the Khan al-Khalili market, which is considered the heart of this area.
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,242 contributions
Dec. 2021
This area of Cairo offers a journey back in time. We did it all on foot, which is the best way and perhaps the only way to do it right. It helps to have a guide. Narrow streets are lined up with old houses. Several famous mosques. Tombs of distinctive Islamic figures. Medieval structures. City walls and gates. The ruins of a Medieval hospital. Interesting family run stores. The route from the Palace Walk novel by Naguib Mahfouz can be followed by the fans of this Nobel Prize winning Egyptian author. I got excited to be able to see the architectural examples of the windows used by women customarily forced to lead their lives only indoor and out of sight. Those elaborate windows allowed them to peak outside while not being seen by anybody from the outside. Starting the walk from the Fatimid gate and walking all the way to and through the bazaar you can finish your exploration sipping a cup of coffee in a cafe near the mosque. It is a shame that the mosques are so inaccessible if you are not a male believer but in spite of that there is so much to see in this interesting part of Cairo.
Written 8 January 2022
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ravichandra108
Hyderabad District, India233 contributions
Nov. 2021
The area brims with history and there are several mosques that are centuries old. Some of the streets are narrow. You need to accept the din, though!
Written 25 December 2021
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Oliver W
6 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Solo
This area is amazing but the people there don’t speak English. It is need more care from government and it located in old cairo with some traffic so be ready
Written 12 December 2021
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NickiR
Ottawa, Canada33 contributions
Dec. 2020
We discovered this area by ourselves and no tourists in sight. It was lovely and he had a great guide!
Written 26 April 2021
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,610 contributions
Jan. 2020
UNESCO named Islamic Cairo, also called Historic Cairo, a World Heritage site in 1979 and recognized it as one of the world’s oldest Islamic cities. Not to be confused with ancient Egyptian sites, this reference is to the city’s rich Islamic history and heritage. There are more than 800 listed monuments that include mosques, tombs, madrasas, and fortifications. With so much to see and limited time, our group settled on a full day tour offered by Memphis Tours. From Al-Azhar Park, we hopped into a golf cart to explore the Darb-al-Ahmar district. Not only did we visit beautiful and historical Islamic sites, we had an opportunity to see the everyday life of locals.
Written 24 April 2020
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
Nov. 2019
A visit to Cairo can't really be considered complete without an attempt to check out the ancient mosques and madrassas of Islamic Cairo. The Sharia al Muizz is the place to go to start this visit with a highly concentrated selection of Islamic sites of interest in the vicinity. This can then be extended to the huge bazaar and various other mosques in the vicinity. I visited in 2019 and spent about half a day exploring the area.
Written 12 April 2020
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Ron W
Cedar City, UT172 contributions
Mar. 2020
Mosque of Ibn Tulun is the oldest mosque in Cairo and in Egypt. The mosque was commissioned under the rule of Ahmad ibn Tulun, the Abbassid governor of Egypt from 868–884. The Mosque itself is quite large and sits in the middle of a large square with prayer nooks. The Mosque is pretty basic, unlike many churches and cathedrals that have lots paintings, statues, gold gilding, etc.. Along with all the tourist, there were numerous people praying.
Cost: Free
Weather: The weather in February was perfect – not hot, but no jacket required.
Toilets: toilets are available – expect to tip EGP 10.00 (about 63 cents USD) at any public toilet in Egypt.
Caution: none
NOTE: Street vendors all accept U.S. Dollars. Be sure to haggle the price down before buying anything.
Written 29 March 2020
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DEK_29
Brisbane, Australia1,087 contributions
Jan. 2020
Situated just below the Citadel of Saladin, the Islamic section of Cairo features numerous mosques (including Al Rifai Mosque and the Mosque of Al-Ashraf Barsbay) and large fortification gates built during the before and during the Mumeuk era. This section of Cairo also takes in the great bazaar of Khan el-Khalili. Overlooking this area is the citadel of Saladin with the mosques of Mohammad Ali and the smaller mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad.

Often touted as being full of tourists during my January 2020 visit, there were few visitors and indeed the area was relatively quiet. There were a few peddlers outside the citadel but these left us alone as they were more interested in the odd bus full and not the three lone travelers.
Written 17 February 2020
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Pattitag
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam26 contributions
Jan. 2020 • Couples
Lovely tour visiting five mosques. Fascinating history which Mohamed explained well.
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Written 1 January 2020
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Benjamin W
Genoa, Italy412 contributions
Dec. 2019
This was a very worthwhile visit to a beautiful mosque in the heart of the city. It has great views of the city and you can see the pyramids off in the distance.
Written 30 December 2019
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