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1. The Great Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramids of Giza
4.5 /5

2 km
from city center
1 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Fantastically attractive, the pyramids of Giza is the tomb of Pharaoh Khufu and the largest Egyptian pyramid. It is also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. These fourth dynasty funerary pyramids are located on the city's edge and have always been one of the best highlights of Cairo.

2. Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

0 km
from city center
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things to do in Cairo

Built in the parts of downtown Cairo, the Egyptian Museum houses some of the rarest and most unique historical artefacts of the time. With a collection of roughly around 120,000 items, the Egyptian Museum is one of the largest museums in the region. It also holds the record of owning the world's largest collection of Pharaonic antiques.

3. Al-Azhar Mosque

Al-Azhar Mosque
4.2 /5

3 km
from city center
3 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

A remarkable establishment, Al-Azhar Mosque is a marvellous building in Cairo. Having been built in AD972, It is really old and one of the prime landmarks in the city. It is also one of the oldest surviving mosques and one of the oldest universities in the world.

4. Explore Old Cairo (Coptic Cairo)

Explore Old Cairo (Coptic Cairo)
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4 km
from city center
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This little and enclosed region also called Coptic Cairo, is the most ancient part of Cairo. It is the heart of the Coptic Christian group and remains a truly fascinating spot to visit. The Coptic Museum contains an abundance of valuable information on Egypt's initial Christian period and is home to one of Egypt's finest accumulations of Coptic art collections.

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5. Shopping at Khan el-Khalili

Shopping at Khan el-Khalili
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3 km
from city center
5 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

One of the biggest markets in the world, Khan al-Khalili is very chirpy, exciting and inspiring. With the constant selling, bargaining and purchasing, the local market is worth visiting. It is known for the semiprecious and expensive stone works handicrafts to varying sizes of simulated pyramids.

6. Enjoy Panoramic View from The Citadel

Enjoy Panoramic View from The Citadel
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3 km
from city center
6 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Right on the foothills of the enormous Mokattam, the fortress of the Saladin Citadel was established in the year 1176. It is one of the most remarkable creations of military infrastructure, attracting many tourists every year. Wander about the surroundings and witness one of the most fantastic views in the city.

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7. Admire Architecture of Museum of Islamic Art

Admire Architecture of Museum of Islamic Art

2 km
from city center
7 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Opposite the Cairo Governorate Office, at the intersection of Port Said and Mohamed Ali streets, is the magnificent building of the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA). It is known for the overwhelming architecture of the building and divine historical artefacts.

8. Sultan Hassan Mosque

Sultan Hassan Mosque
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2 km
from city center
8 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Sultan Hassan Mosque is an excellent example of brilliant Egyptian architecture. Completed in 1363, this ancient yet interesting monument never fails to intrigue its visitors. With interesting intricacies in the features, this massive mosque was built for Sultan Hassan el-Nasir in the Mamluk era.

9. Climb to the Top of Bab Zuweila

Climb to the Top of Bab Zuweila
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2 km
from city center
9 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

The only surviving southern gate of the city, Bab Zuweila was built in medieval times and served as an entry to the city of Al-Qahira. The spectacularly standing minarets on the gate beautifully depict the architecture of that era. Tourists often enjoy the mesmerising views from the top of this beautiful landmark.

10. Al-Azhar Park

Al-Azhar Park

3 km
from city center
10 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Spread across a sprawling area of 30 hectares, the Al-Azhar Park in Cairo is another place which is going to leave you spellbound with its beauty. The park is surrounded by some of the most historic and significant districts of Cairo city, and is a must visit place for tourists as well as local residents of the city.

11. Hanging Church

Hanging Church

9,889 km
from city center
11 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

The Hanging Church of Cairo is a stone facade inscribed with Coptic and Arabic marks. Also known as the Church of Saint Virgin Mary, the Hanging Church of Cairo is one of the most popular and oldest churches present in the world today. Dating back to 3rd Century AD, the Hanging Church of Coptic Cairo comprises of 110 Holy Icons.

12. Visit Observation Deck at Cairo Tower

Visit Observation Deck at Cairo Tower

1 km
from city center
12 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Standing firmly at the height of 187 metres from the ground, the Cairo Tower is situated at Sharia Hadayek Al Zuhreya Gezira. It is known for its design, architecture, and stunning view of Cairo city from the top floor. There is also the Sky Garden cafe here with an observation deck.

13. Coptic Museum

Coptic Museum

4 km
from city center
13 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

The Coptic Museum holds more than 16,000 artefacts dating back to the presence of Christians in Egypt. Almost all these artefacts have been collected from different monasteries across Egypt. It was founded in 1908.

14. Shop & Dine at Zamalek

Shop & Dine at Zamalek
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2 km
from city center
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things to do in Cairo

Best known for its extravagance, Zamalek district is well located in the heart of Gezira alongside the gleaming Nile. The entire territory gives you a posh European feel with English-style decorated boutiques and restaurants.

15. Nilometer

Nilometer

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things to do in Cairo

The Nilometer was used to measure the water level of the river Nile in earlier times and helped predict floods and droughts. The structure, built between the Manasterly Palace and the Um Kalthoum Museum, has a beautifully built conical dome at the top with a vertical column pillar standing in the centre, immersed in water.

16. Tour the Asfour Crystal Factory

Tour the Asfour Crystal Factory
3.7 /5

2 km
from city center
16 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Egypt has always been a home to crystals, stones and gems. The world-famous Asfour Crystal factory has some delightful, imaginative pieces with intricately made crystals. Chandeliers with sparkling and twinkling lights are the highlight. A museum-like room is also attached to the factory, which displays all the greatest works.

17. Visit City of the Dead

Visit City of the Dead

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things to do in Cairo

Stretching over a length of around 6.4 Km, the Northern Cemetery of Cairo contains many tombs and mausoleum structures in all of Cairo. It comprises multi-storey residential buildings and a Post Office. Since the place covers more than half of what is called Cairo Necropolis people also refer to the Northern Cemetery as the ‘City of the Dead.

18. Tentmakers Market

Tentmakers Market

2 km
from city center
18 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Situated along a 300-meter-long stretch of road across the Bab Zuwalya, the Tent Makers Market of Cairo is a must-visit place if you are fond of handwoven textile designs and embroidery techniques. Beautiful blankets, embroidered pillowcases, and blankets can be found in this ancient market.

19. Gayer Anderson Museum

Gayer Anderson Museum

2 km
from city center
19 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Situated adjacent to the Mosque of Ahmad ibn Tulun in the Sayyida Zeinab neighbourhood lies the famous Gayer – Anderson Art Museum. Initially serving as the residence to British Major R.G. Gayer – Anderson Pasha, the place is now more popular due to the 17th Century AD artworks and artefacts belonging to the museum.

20. Mosque of Qaitbey

Mosque of Qaitbey

4 km
from city center
20 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Situated in the northern sector of the Mamluk district, i.e. the “City of Dead”, the mosque and madrasa of Late Sultan Qaitbey is bound to take you back to the Mamluk period with the pictures queue architecture of the place. The mosque, entirely built in 1474 AD, is another proof of Islamic architecture, justifying the excellence possessed by artisans and architects of Egyptian Mamluk period.

21. Ben Ezra Synagogue

Ben Ezra Synagogue

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things to do in Cairo

The Ben Ezra Synagogue became a place of worshipping for Jews in 882 AD. Back in the 6th Century AD, the synagogue was a figure of the Jewish revolution, when the prophet Jeremiah gathered all the Jews after Nebuchadnezzar's destruction of the Jerusalem Temple. Situated next to the Hanging Church and the Coptic Museum, it is considered a must-visit destination during the trip to Cairo.

22. Bab al Futuh

Bab al Futuh

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Completed in 1087 A.D., the Bab al Futuh gate situated on the northern end of Muizz Street in Cairo is one of the iconic figures identified in the fortification of the old city of Cairo. While its elegant curved walls showcase its distinct architecture, the same walls also provided a strong defence against enemies during old times.

23. Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre

Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre

3 km
from city center
23 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Founded in the year 1951 AD by Ramses Wissa Wassef, the Wissa Wassef Art Centre is known for its Art Museum and Tapestry Works. Situated in the Harrania district in the Greater Cairo region, this art centre has been a hotspot of art and architecture for a long time. Established with a vision to teach Egyptian children arts and tapestries, it has today become an iconic place where every artist desires to exhibit their works.

24. Rhoda Island

Rhoda Island
3.5 /5

3 km
from city center
24 out of 29
things to do in Cairo

Situated along the amazing Nile in Central Cairo, Rhoda Island is a great mix of Al-Manyal museums and green gardens. Rhoda Island is one of the most ancient landmarks in the whole of Egypt and is a lucrative spot for tourists from over the world.

25. Sphinx

Sphinx

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things to do in Cairo

With the body of a lion and the face of a human, the Sphinx of Giza plateau stands at a height of around 20 meters on the west bank of river Nile. The Sphinx has been recognized as a mythical creature in Greek mythology as well, where the Sphinx was a merciless killer who set riddles and killed anyone who was not able to answer them. Cut out from its limestone bedrock, the Sphinx is also recognized as the oldest known monumental sculpture in Egypt. It is the same bedrock which served as the quarry for the Pyramids of Giza. On your visit to the Sphinx, one may observe that the nummulitic limestone of the region comprises different layers offering different levels of resistance to erosion. Historians credit this characteristic of the limestone for the uneven degradation of the structure over time. It is quite fascinating to witness the manner in which the Sphinx has been carved out of the bedrock, especially when there was no such technology present to do so. With the Pyramids of Giza in the background, your visit to the Sphinx is going to get you some of the most memorable pictures of your trip to Cairo. And who would not want the sunset of Sahara to peek into the pictures!

26. Pyramid of Khafre

Pyramid of Khafre

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things to do in Cairo

Standing with a height of around 136 meters and a base spanning over 215 meters, the Pyramid of Khafre is also popular as the Second Pyramid of Giza. Built by the 4th Dynasty Pharaoh Khafre of Egypt, the Pyramid originally had a coating of Tura limestone, making it gleam in the bright sunlight. With the passage of time, the whitish colour of the limestone got faded away, giving it the yellow-brownish colour as people can see today. Just like the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre is also built on a large piece of rock. Due to the increased elevation of the base rock on which the Pyramid is built, the Pyramid of Khafre seems to be taller than the Pyramid of Khufu. The inner portions of the Pyramid comprise of small and large chambers cut out of limestone, some of which have been discovered by Archaeologists and Egyptologists over the last few centuries. Out of these chambers, only one chamber has been kept by the authorities for tourists to visit. During your visit to the Pyramid of Khafre, one should also spare time to visit the Satellite Pyramid and the Temples of Khafre built in close proximity to the Pyramid. Present day, one can only observe the remains of the outer foundation of the Satellite Pyramid. Further, the Temples of Khafre can also be visited near the Sphinx, close to the Temple of Khufu. Broadly, the Temples of Khafre include the Valley Temple, the Mortuary Temple and the Causeway. The place is a living feast for the eyes, carefully preserved by Mother Nature over the years only to give us a glimpse of the ancient Egyptian architecture and culture. The Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Menkaure are sure to add up to memories in your travel diaries.

27. Eastern Cemetery

Eastern Cemetery

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things to do in Cairo

Situated on the eastern side of the Queen’s Pyramids is the Eastern Cemetery of Giza. The Cemetery, being a burial place for most of the members of King Khufu’s family, has been a centre of attraction for the entire world. One of the reasons behind this is the large tomb structures made out of limestone challenging present-day technology. Another reason is the carvings made inside the Mastaba structures. Some of these structures even have multiple rooms inside them. On your visit to the Eastern Cemetery, one is sure to appreciate and awe at both the architecture and beauty of the place. Although the local authorities have kept some of the tombs closed for public visits since the last few years, the Tomb of Meresankh III and the Tomb of Seshemnufer IV are open for tourists. The walls and the aura of the place speak for itself and the glorious Egyptian Civilization, experiencing which one is sure to jot it down in their travel diaries.

28. Pyramid of Khufu

Pyramid of Khufu

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things to do in Cairo

Popular as the largest of the three Pyramids of Giza, and the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza has succeeded today in preserving the eternity of ancient Egyptian civilization. Originally having a height of 146.5 meters, the height of the Great Pyramid of Giza has reduced by around 9 meters since its completion in 2570 B.C. Due to a mark in the interior chamber of the Pyramid naming the work gang and a reference of the Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu, the structure is also known as Pyramid of Khufu. The Pyramid of Khufu was covered with white coloured casing limestones. These casing stones were slant faced and flat-topped. With time, most of the casing stones have got removed from their place. The large magnitude earthquake recorded in 1303 A.D. was one of the reasons behind this. Muhamad Ali Pasha further removed a lot of casing stones from the Pyramid of Giza in the early 19th Century A.D. During your visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza, some of these casing stones can even be found lying near the Pyramid structure. On your visit to the Great Pyramid of Giza, one must also visit the other two pyramids of Giza, namely the Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with the Sphinx and the Eastern Cemetery. The entrance to the Pyramid of Khufu is at a height of 17 meters from the ground level, and from there you can get a view of your lifetime. With modern built buildings of the town of El Giza on one side and the ancient Pyramids with the Sahara Desert on the other side, the view before your eyes will transition your thoughts from 21st Century A.D. to the year 2570 B.C. The best part of it is that you can return to the 21st Century whenever you want to.

29. Pyramid of Menkaure

Pyramid of Menkaure

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things to do in Cairo

Built by Pharaoh Menkaure, the Pyramid of Menkaure is more popular as the third pyramid of Giza. The Pyramid of Menkaure is also the smallest of all the three Pyramids of Giza and stands at a height of only 61 meters. When you visit the Pyramid of Menkaure, you can clearly observe the architectural beauty of the Pyramid, and the torments it underwent from rulers belonging to the ancient world, who attempted to demolish this magnificent marvel of the world. Since the origin of Egyptian civilization, Egyptians have continued to fascinate us with their intellectual levels and the ability to develop bizarre monuments, buildings and tombs. One of such bizarre structure is the Pyramid of Menkaure. Together with its Satellite pyramids, the Pyramid of Menkaure can surely be observed as a combination of Science, Architecture, Egyptian culture and mythology. Further, to make your visit to the Pyramid of Menkaure remind you of fun and adventure as well, you may find many locals willing to serve you paid activities such as Camel rides, Horse rides etc. across the three Pyramids of Giza with the Sphinx photo-bombing your snaps!

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What are the top sightseeing places in Cairo?

The top sightseeing places in Cairo are Pyramids of Giza, Al-Azhar Mosque, Khan el-Khalili, The Citadel, Old Cairo (Coptic Cairo), Asfour Crystal Factory.

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The most convenient means of getting around in Cairo is by the Metro. There are three Metro Lines you can take to get around, Ataba being ideal to go Downtown, Mar Girgis for Coptic Cairo and Bab al-Shaaria for Islamic Cairo. There is also a River Bus that takes you from Downtown Cairo to Giza as well as Cairo University. There also buses, minibuses and private buses (microbus) to help you get around the city.
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