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Islamic Cairo

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Address: Midan Silah ad-Din, Cairo, Egypt
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After the Muslims conquered Egypt in 641 AD, they built their city,...

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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Modern meets history

Amazing views of the history of Islam and its impact on Egypt from the Citadel to the mosque. The Khan el Khalili market is close and awesome. The best koshari in town!

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing views of the history of Islam and its impact on Egypt from the Citadel to the mosque. The Khan el Khalili market is close and awesome. The best koshari in town!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is something amazing: beautiful, beautiful mosques and architecture. This is the hear and sole of the city. You can spend 2 or 3 days here.

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Durban, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I recommend going with a guide so you can hear about the history of Islamic Cairo and the old, beautiful buildings. There are three mosques in this area one of which is the Al-Hussein Mosque. This area is actually no more Islamic than central Cairo.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

A dizzying combination of sights, sounds and smells. Nowhere else in the world have I witnessed a display of Egyptian hospitality and concern and care for travellers than here in Old Islamic Cairo. Mosques abound and a small incident occurred here between some teenage boys. They started arguing (as most teenage boys the world over do) getting louder and more... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

the real Cairo, if you miss it then you could not say you were in Cairo as simple as that. take a walk in history and rnjoy the real locals , but do not eat there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Islamic Cairo can be seen from Cairo tower and saladin's citadel and near to khan elkhalily. Islamic architect gathered from Damascus, Bagdad and even Istanbul brought to Egypt throughout different eras by governors to leave a legacy by building houses of GOD "ALLAH" (the mosques) for his worshippers, schools with liberaries and hospitals. These buildings stood still for about 14... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Incredibly beautiful buildings and a good time to enjoy Cairo as there are very few tourists. You must go to Muizz Street. It is the most enchanting part. You can watch local people just relaxing . There is a very nice atmosphere there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

This was absolutely stunning! The mosques and the architecture were breath taking. This is a very old part of Cairo and it' a must to see!

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

You cannot visit Cairo without spending time in the heart of this great city, Islamic Cairo. The city is growing too fast in many different directions, and features great neighborhoods, from Zamalek to Maadi, Mohandaseen to Sheik Zayed and much more, but still Islamic Cairo is colorful, fascinating, historic and old. There are countless shops, and cafes serving delicious teas... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

From the market to the mosques that you can actually enter. From the beautiful views and panorama picture moments from the top. Defiantly bring a guide if your not familiar with Muslim culture. It helps with understand some of the symbolism. The market is a mess but fun. It's hard to find the decent stuff among all the junk for... More 

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