Cairo City Facts
The Egyptian capital of Cairo, the largest city on the African continent and in the Islamic world. The citizens of Cairo proudly call their city as the 'Mother of All Cities. There is no denying that Cairo, for all it's hot dusty calamity, is a tourist gem, full of tourist attractions for visitors.
On the Nile River, Cairo is famous for its own history, preserved in the fabulous medieval Islamic city and Coptic sites in Old Cairo. The Egyptian Museum in the centre of town is a must see, with its countless Ancient Egyptian artifacts, as the shopping at the Khan al-Khalili bazaar.
No trip to Cairo would be complete, for example, without a visit to the Giza Pyramids, and to the nearby Saqqara Pyramid Complex, where visitors will see Egypt's first step pyramid built by the architect Imhotep for the third dynasty pharaoh Djoser.
When you're done with the sightseeing and morning exhaustion, embrace Cairo's incredible selection of shopping, leisure and nightlife activities. Home to ancient tombstones as well as Mamluk burials, this important cemetery is located beneath the Citadel.
Sultan Quaitbey built a hostel for the homeless here in 1481, and it's been used for that purpose ever since. Mosque of Amr ibn al-As, was originally built (in Fustat) in 642, as Cairo's first mosque, following the Arab conquest of Egypt. Ben Ezra Synagogue.
Egypt's oldest surviving synagogue, dating to the 9th century and housed in a former church constructed in the 4th century. Coptic Museum, The Egyptian Museum has a number of wonderful items in their collection.
When you visit Cairo, you must stop by the museum and take a look at everything it has to offer. Shopping ranges from the famous Khan el-Khalili souk, (or bazaar) largely unchanged since the 14th century, to modern air-conditioned centers displaying the latest fashions.
All the bounty of the East can be here. Particularly good buys are spices, perfumes, gold, silver, carpets, brass and copper-ware, leather work, glass, ceramics and mashrabiya. Get yourself a nice meal of koshari for as little as 4 pounds, and eat like a true Egyptian. Have a nice Faluka ride down the Nile, and enjoy the cool breeze glancing at the different Felucca decorations.
The weather in Cairo is moderate and low in humidity at almost any time of the year, except for some specific times in summer. Egypt is one of the hottest and sunniest countries in the world.
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