City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)

City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)

City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)
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Many magnificent funerary complexes are located here including the Mosque of Qaitbey (completed in 1474 AD), the Complex of Sultan Ashraf Barsbey and the Mausoleum of Ibn Barquq.
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Nono72
20 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Contrary to what is said sometimes, the place is not dangerous. I went there on my own and wasn't afraid by anything at all. In fact it is the only place in Egypt where we could say hello and smile to people expecting no money in return ! One man even offered us to share tea.
An interesting place to visit but moving too as these people live in complete poverty.
Egyptians people are just horrible as they constantly stick to you to get money.
The sentence they regularly tell you ? "How will I get your money ?"
Of course, when we come across a person who doesn't ask for money, Egyptians can be the nicest ones...
Written 23 February 2023
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JBG1
Leicester, UK773 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
We were taken through the area on our way back from organised private day guided tour.It was unusual to observe people actually living in underground tombs where the remains of deceased people had been laid to rest.Family owners of these tombs grant permission to homeless people to occupy them.Some are quite large and offer a better alternative than sleeping on the streets. Visitors are told to be respectful whilst in this area.
Written 15 February 2023
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Philip P
Herentals, Belgium1,431 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
On our way back from the pyramids light- & sound show and the diner we drove through part of this particular place. Very impressive, especially the more important buildings like the mosques that had absolutely no illuminating.
We drove through via the highway a couple of years ago, no we entered it rally ... even more impressive!
It didn't invite to leave the cab...
Written 31 January 2020
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scapework
Duesseldorf52 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
fascinating to wander through the City of the Dead...discover hidden architectural treasures...but the sites are in bad condition, not taken care of, rubbish and waste is piling up - ok, you are in Egypt, but please respect these historical sites better and at least keep it clean to let someone enjoy it, who is interested and want to see some parts of Cairo which are not so overcrowded. field of action for local authorities.
Written 27 January 2020
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DOUG and NIKI
Long Island, NY282 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
What an interesting place. So amazingly unique and special. The area is most definitely not confidence inspiring so make sure you are working with a reputable person who knows what they are doing. Check out our video to see what the experience is like. Search YouTube for DOUGandNIKI and you'll find our review and hints on how to make a great trip to this location.
Written 21 January 2020
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Alan B
Amsterdam, The Netherlands9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Just off Sharah Salah Salem, within sight of the Citadel and a short taxi ride from the bazaar of Khan al Khalili, this is an often overlooked masterpiece of late Mamluk architecture. This lovely building hasn't been restored or signposted to attract tourists, but is a functioning mosque in the City of the Dead. Perhaps one of the greatest buildings of its genre, you can enter, quietly and with respect, and contemplate the perfection of this exquisite building. If you ask nicely, you can ascend the minaret and look out on this fascinating area of medieval mosques, mausoleums and dervish schools.

As an added bonus, opposite the mosque, you can visit the glass blowing workshop belonging to Mr Hodhod and run by him, his assistant, Ahmed, and his son, Kamal. Here you can see the ancient art of glassblowing in action and
also have the opportunity to buy unique, original souvenirs.

Written 15 January 2020
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Ronald L
Denver, CO2,953 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We passed by this desolate looking part of Cairo on our way to see the largest Citadel in the Arab World at Saladin Citadel. Not much sign of life, but evidently there are thousands of persons living among the tombs of the dead.
Written 14 December 2019
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NorthernLive20
Ontario, Canada151 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The City of the Dead was interesting and beautiful to see. The photo ops are great, especially at the top of the minarets when you can take panoramic views of the entire surrounding area. An interesting look into a place quite different from anything else I saw in Egypt.
Written 24 August 2019
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David R
Glasgow, UK547 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
This is a cemetery - and as such not normally a place to visit. Although the tombs are pretty interesting. What is sad though is that there are, literally, a million people living in the area as they cannot find homes anywhere else but the burial places of their ancestors.
Written 27 July 2019
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_ansies2
Meyerton, South Africa197 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Words fail when one sees that a million people live life on top of tombs. They have been supplied with running water and electricity, but the sadness of the situation superseded the situation.
Written 9 July 2019
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