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City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)

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Address: East of Sharia Salah Salem, Cairo 11511, Egypt

Many magnificent funerary complexes are located here including the Mosque...

Many magnificent funerary complexes are located here including the Mosque of Qaitbey (completed in 1474 AD), the Complex of Sultan Ashraf Barsbey and the Mausoleum of Ibn Barquq.

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Private Half-Day Tour to City of the Dead and Mosque of Ibn Tulun in Cairo
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Weird to be living with the dead

At first when we visited this place , we were surprised and worried about the after life . An entire city with houses where tombstones and mummified bodies are kept of relatives... read more

Reviewed 29 January 2017
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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13 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very impressive, blocks and blocks of tombs, is a huge cemetery. Different shaped and figures, must be thousands of year old

Thank Marlene A
Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Together with Rashid the guide, I could visit some families living in the city of the dead, taking care of the tombs and the dead. A must to visit

Thank AleidaWilhelmina
Cairo, Egypt
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

A drive through this area is most interesting. Unusual that people live among the tombs. If you're lucky you can visit a home here as some are gracious enough to show you where they live and guard the tombs.

Thank Tom S
Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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144 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

At first when we visited this place , we were surprised and worried about the after life . An entire city with houses where tombstones and mummified bodies are kept of relatives of the home owners . Not for the faint hearted . The city also houses the low income group people as some stay in these houses with the... More 

Thank CaptUnmeshD
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34 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Have a glimpse of the place from a panoramic site at a high point in mokattam hills. The place is just average.

1 Thank yogita v
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

I went to visit the tomb of Muhamad Ali and his family and the 14 kings who reigned before him. It was desolate and quiet. The city of the Dead. Once in his tomb it was amazing. The hand crafted work on all the tombs and the building itself is absolutely breathtaking. Definitley visit, as this place had no tourists... More 

1 Thank irene c
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Reviewed 31 December 2016

A large sprawling cemetery inhabited by some of the poorest people in Cairo. You see it as you drive by the road.

Thank abuai
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2016

DO NOT GO AT NIGHT. By day, there are 27,000 people living in amongst the tombs and the city has its own infrastructure. It's a city of the living as well as the dead.

Thank Manc-Holidays
Paris, France
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

I took a guided tour of this place which is the only way to really appreciate the history and wonder of the place. It is essentially a cemetery where nearly half a million people are still living and some of the most important historical buildings in Cairo.

Thank Mike R
Huntington Beach, CA
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is a historical diamond in the rough but it is ignored by the government. There really is only one "tomb" that you can get access to but you need a guide who knows how to get you in to it. The rest of the city is walled in and not accessible. It could be so much better if it... More 

Thank marathondave

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