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The Egyptian Museum
One of the world's most famous museums.
The magnificent collection of antiquities includes mummies, sarcophagi and the fabulous treasures from Tut Ankh Amun's tomb. The objects taken from Tutankhamen's tomb should not be missed. The king's death-mask made of solid gold has been described as the most beautiful masterpiece ever made in history.


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Old Cairo
Also known as Coptic Cairo, the area is the oldest part of the city, and is the original site of Roman built Babylon. This part of Cairo has been inhabited for more than 2000 years. It is the center of the Coptic Christian community and where you will find most of Egypt's churches. Highlights include the Hanging Church which is the center of Coptic worship and the Ben Ezra synagogue. Roman remains and old streets make this area very interesting for visitors interested in history of religion.

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Islamic Cairo
Worth exploring for its warren like streets and bazaars, Islamic Cairo is where you will get to see many mosques, the Citadel and the markets. The major mosques worth visiting include The Mosque of Sultan Hassan, which was started as a mosque and madrasah to teach the schools.The Citadel of Salah Al Din was built in 1183 AD along the lines of a medieval fortress. The Al-Azhar Mosque is the earliest mosque of Cairo's Fatimid era. It served as the congregation mosque of the new city of Al-Qahira. This is easily recognized by the beauty of its Egyptian-style dimensions and proportions.

Khan El Khalili
Is one of the world's oldest bazaars. Originally started off as a caravan market in the 14 th century. The narrow streets, medieval gates, smokey cafes, and Mosque minarets towering above certainly give this part of Cairo a more authentic feel. From the Midan Hussein, the Muski and the Azhar street you can enter the world of Khan al Khalili with the narrow alleys. This is the world of hundreds of markets and shops. If you head west from the market, you'll have a more authentic souq experience. The main goods sold are gold, silver, antiques, perfume, spices, carpets and cloth.

 

 

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