Islamic Cairo
Islamic Cairo
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After the Muslims conquered Egypt in 641 AD, they built their city, Al-Fustat, on what is now the southern border of modern Cairo. Today, this section of the city contains many important sites including the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Mosque of al-Azhar and the Khan al-Khalili market, which is considered the heart of this area.
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our tour guide arranged for us to take a golf cart with driver from Al Azhar Park on a tour that is connected to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. This provides you with access to the Prince Alin Aq Palace, Amir Altinbugha Al-Maridani Mosque, Umm Al-Sultan Shaaban Mosque and Madrasa, Amir Alaa Al-Din Kojk, Amir Aq Sunqr Mosque (Cairo Blue Mosque), the Amir "Khayr-Bek" Madrasa, Mausoleum, Sabil & Kuttab and Tarabay Al Sharifi Complex. Many of these sites are still under repair and some are only partially accessible. The blue tiles of the Amir Aq Sunqr Mosque were probably the most memorable though the Khayr-Bek complex was the largest and the domes and stained glass windows were excellent. We learnt a lot about mosque design: how the niche points to Mecca, the minbar provides a raised platform for speeches and sermons and there is usually a secondary structure towards the entrance to relay those speeches. We found it interesting and an excellent introduction to Islamic religious architecture.

Despite the number of mosques we visited this wasn't as long a tour as we had expected. This tour does not run Fridays, Saturdays or on holidays. We separately visited other Islamic Cairo sights such as Khan Al Khalili, Cairo Citadel and Mosque of Muhammad Ali (Alabaster Mosque) and were able to wander by ourselves around the streets, walls and gates of the Old Cairo which are not as pedestrian friendly as the restricted car access zone would suggest.
Written 24 April 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,628 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
My guide told me that there are more than 1000 mosques in Cairo itself. It is very evident as we drove around Cairo and Giza.

Due to time constraints, we visited the mosque at the Citadela, the Al Rifa Mosque and the Mosque and adrasa of Sultan Hassan. As expected, we had to take off our shoes and women have to cover up their heads.

These mosques are rich in History. Noted some tombs inside these mosques, tombs of royalties. They also have nice, beautiful ceilings, chandeliers, especially those of Mohammad Ali.
Written 21 October 2023
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Miranda M
Jersey Shore, NJ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
It was a wonderful day we did seen the old design of the building and famous Mosuqu there , really we enjoyed do much in this place
Written 6 October 2023
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Malik El Omry
Jordan5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
I enjoyed it very much this historical plqce is just stunning and unforgettable, and I am planning for sure to visit it again in my next visit to this beautiful country Egypt is so much underrated in tourism, thank you so much!
Written 13 September 2023
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Global565418
Mumbai, India13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Loved the silver dome of Mohammad Ali mosque ,with its exquisite paintings , inlay work , carving in gold against deep green , the ceiling of deep blue with red and gold work . The Red Mosque was a stark contrast to this opulence .. with its starkness and palpable spiritual energy .. Then there is the El Mouzz street with ancient brooding monuments on either sides as you walk through archways , get past hawkers , with tiny silver shops ,an ancient well and tall walls that are remains of an old structure.. It transports you to another time …
This street leads to the market .. Khan-e-Khalili .. market .. which is unbelievable … it is like a maze , crowded lanes criss crossing , small shops selling everything under the sun .. from papyrus , perfumes, artefacts , to stone statures of Egyptian Gods , to leather goods , brass boxes, silver jewellery , gelabia made of Egyptian cotton .. so much of colour , chaos , sounds , voices and bargaining … there amazing unusual things just waiting there to be discovered . It can be intimidating and exciting at the same time . U can get lost in one shop and forget time .. there is so much there to discover and know ..
There is a restaurant in Khan-e- Khalili named after the Literature Nobel prize winner from Egypt Mahfouz .. where he used sit and write his novels . The food here was outstanding .. the decor, the large coloured glass windows all around , the seating arrangement (divans ) , the lights and painted wooden tables all vibrant with warm colours. The place has a special atmosphere not to be missed ..
If you in Cairo u must visit Islamic Cairo to get the flavour of Arabian nights in 21 Century
Written 24 April 2023
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Meredith
Lodz, Poland2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
Do nice Nd great tour yo the islamk Cairo, we had a great day visited the old Musque , it was a wonderful day visited, we like the beautiful design
Written 19 February 2023
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Ama
201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
Citadel of salahuddin, Al Azhar Mosque, khan Al khalili bazaar and the mosque with the tomb of the Prophet Muhammad grandson right opposite Al Azhar. Just incredible incredible places
Written 16 January 2023
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Juliana M
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
This area consists of Khankhalili , Moez street and some old mosques around most famous comes Refae and Sultan Hassan, they could be covered all in 5 hours, start by mosques ( keep Egy money with you small notes for tickets) then go to Khankhalili it's very big tourist market full of shops that sells souvenirs, the latter you go the better because they don't open early so after 2 or 3pm until 10pm, when you get there ask anyone how to find Moez street. It was very special evening but full of tourist scams, we were scammed at the cafe and by one of vendors who sold us magnets, my most authentic experience in Cairo though a tour called "Food tours by Mila" search it here on Tripadvisor, true local experience that I will never forget
Written 20 October 2022
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TTOverseas
Cairo, Egypt204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Islamic Cairo has long been a center of religion and learning- It is worth the visit, but there are lots of ways to experience this. We combined Islamic Cairo with the Citadel/Muhammad Ali Mosque, so we were able to discuss a lot of the history while overlooking from the Citadel.

Walking tours are popular, but we chose to only walk at the more popular locations and use a van to take us around, while getting more history about the areas. We also took the tour guides recommendation for a local Egyptian restaurant (yes, we are aware how this normally works, but we were very happy with the recommendation and value- Have the discussion on value and expectations before you agree!).

It is difficult to get an understanding of the Egyptian people and experience without discussing the history of Islam in Egypt, this is the best place to have that discussion.
Written 30 April 2022
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Johannes Nemela
Munich, Germany19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
Lots of historic buildings like Qalawun Complex and mosques. Entrance fee is 100 EGP for many buildings (one ticket for all).
Written 22 March 2022
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