Top things to do in Cairo

Top things to do in Cairo

Top things to do in Cairo

Widely known as the ‘Jewel of the Nile’, Cairo will never disappoint you as it offers an incredible selection of shopping leisure, culture and attractions making your trip to this historic city one of the most memorable one. Renowned for its museums, mosques and buildings, the Great Pyramid of Giza, Egyptian Museum and the Sphinx are a must visit while you are in this city. Home to the Al-Azhar University, this institution is the world’s second oldest alive degree granting university and is renowned as “Sunni Islam’s” most prestigious university. Headquarters of many international media, businesses and organizations are located in the city. Islamic Cairo has been awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well-known for its historically significant mosques and other monuments. Though Cairo may seem quiet during the daytime, you ought to head out at night to witness the livelier Cairo that never sleeps and unwind at different pubs, cafes or restaurants.

Egyptian Museum:

Walk through the Egyptian Museum to trace the country's past and explore the astounding collection of antiquities displayed that make it one of the world's greatest museums. Browse through the diverse collection of time-worn Egyptian artefacts dating back to over 5,000 years along with the scintillating treasure of Tutankhamun and various other prominent pharaohs, jewelry, mummies, eating bowls, toys, and a lot more. One visit would not suffice to explore everything on display; its sheer magnitude would need a lifetime.

The Great Pyramid of Giza:

Reputed as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, The Great Pyramid at Giza is the most remarkable ancient edifice in existence on our planet and an iconic symbol of Egypt. Built by Khufu and Hemiunu, it rises to an incredible height of 479 feet and constitutes of over 2 million blocks of stone each weighing between 2 and 15 tons. Admire this marvel of human engineering and construction which stands as a testament to human creativity and strength. Note: The Great Pyramid of Giza remains closed from 11:00hrs to 13:00hrs. Only 150 tickets are sold in the morning and another 150 after 13:00hrs.

Dahshur:

Dahshur is a royal necropolis positioned in the desert on the west bank of Nile River around 40 kilometers south of Cairo. Famed for its pyramids, many of which are the largest and best-preserved in the country, the ones worth visiting comprise of the Bent Pyramid of Sneferu, the Red Pyramid of Sneferu, and the Black Pyramid of Amenemhat III. Head to this traditional tourist trail around Cairo to get a glimpse of the city's historic trail.

Memphis:

If you are visiting the Pyramids of Giza, then Memphis and Sakkara are where you should head. Memphis is the birthplace of the ancient civilization and is the ideal destination to treat your eyes with the spellbinding views of the pyramids, Sphinx and more. The demonstrations here will definitely intrigue you as you explore the pyramids and tombs. Head to this open-air museum that is preserved as a World Heritage Site since 1979 and proffers snippets of the past.

Tahrir Square:

Renowned as one of the oldest squares, Tahrir Square is the sprawling traffic-plugged plaza right in the heart of the city encircled by some of the most prominent edifices. Its location makes it a gateway to the city center and has always been the customary gathering place for Cairenes. Click some stunning pictures here, nibble on sweet potatoes, sip on hot tea, purchase an Egyptian flag or get one painted on your face, and get engrossed in a chatter with locals at this bustling square.

Al-Azhar Mosque:

One of the finest and oldest edifices in Cairo from Fatimid epoch, Al-Azhar Mosque is dedicated to worship and learning. It is also a university that draws thousands of people from across the world to get a deeper understanding of the background of Islam and different schools of thought that govern the interpretation of holy Quran. Gaze at the blend of architectural styles, the white courtyard (sahn) dominated by 3 minarets, prayer hall adorned with alabaster pillars, and the library housing 99,062 books of the most precious manuscripts.

Al-Azhar Park:

Scattered over an area of 30 hectares, Al Azhar Park is tucked in the heart of the city making it one of the major attractions for tourists. It welcomes over 2 million visitors a year and rewards them with breathtaking views of the countless architectural treasures of the Egyptian capital. A verdant patch in the city, it offers a break from the conundrum of the city. You can also try the small cafés and restaurants situated here.

Great Sphinx of Giza

Renowned as the national symbol of Egypt, the Great Sphinx of Giza is a massive structure with the head of a human and body of a lion sitting towards the south of Pyramid of Khafre. Confronting the rising sun, this is the monumental surviving structure from the old days ever made by man and though it is influenced by erosion over thousands of years, you will still find traces of the initial paint near one ear. Built out of limestone bedrock of the Giza plateau, it a marvel from ancient times and welcomes a large number of visitors annually.

Islamic Cairo:

Located in the historic heart of the city, Islamic Cairo was created and nurtured by Muslims after conquering Egypt. The old woodwork, stonework, and ironwork reigns this area and helps to subtly maintain the ancient beauty. Known for its historically significant mosques, madrasas, hammams, fountains, and monuments, Islamic Cairo captivates the visitors to experience the majestic sights of Egypt's rich Islamic history.

Pyramid of Djoser:

An archaeological remnant in the Saqqara necropolis, this pyramid was built with the intention of holding the mummified body of the Pharaoh Djoser. Renowned as the first Egyptian pyramid, it is made up of 6 mastabas assembled upon one another rising to a height of 62 meters and sports polished white limestone. The complex is encircled by a 30-foot wall and comprises of courtyards, temples, and chapels spanning an area of 40 acres.

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