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Islamic Cairo

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Address: Midan Silah ad-Din, Cairo, Egypt

After the Muslims conquered Egypt in 641 AD, they built their city,...

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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Make sure you have your own guide to really be shown inside the Islamic city. Otherwise you will get lost and have no idea about what you are seeing.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Make sure you have your own guide to really be shown inside the Islamic city. Otherwise you will get lost and have no idea about what you are seeing.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow, this was another highlight, we did the mosques, the islamic part of old cairo, stunning is all i can say, and so much history, especially one of the mosques where you saw the structure and the different fikhs of Islam being taught! Amazing photogrpahy opportunity too, just something out of a movie and something you would never see anywhere... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visit to Islamic Cairo is one of the very impressive and informative visits, it reflects the country culture during the Islamic ruling in Egypt.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited Cairo Egypt for our first year anniversary in January 2017. We spent our first day visiting the Giza plateau and the second day doing the Islamic sites tour with an English-speaking guide and transportation. The Islam excites comprised of mosques and the citadel which was built going back to the 800s. Each mosque is a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting islamic Cairo was a very spiritual visit. We felt so good knowing where things started and ended . Seeing the tombs of kings and their wives and family. Seeing Mohammed Ali mosque and his grave and the art work done during ancient time makes me wonder how hard working people they were and how dedicated they were in their... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A visit to islamic Cairo gives you a glimpse into the mosques built in varying eras each one having a different charm. Walking into el moez street or khan el kalili market is an experience in itself. The chaotic streets, eating joints, a group of teenagers singing, a random bread seller everything together makes it a one of its kind... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017 via mobile

Amazing views of the history of Islam and its impact on Egypt from the Citadel to the mosque. The Khan el Khalili market is close and awesome. The best koshari in town!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

This is something amazing: beautiful, beautiful mosques and architecture. This is the hear and sole of the city. You can spend 2 or 3 days here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 December 2016

I recommend going with a guide so you can hear about the history of Islamic Cairo and the old, beautiful buildings. There are three mosques in this area one of which is the Al-Hussein Mosque. This area is actually no more Islamic than central Cairo.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

A dizzying combination of sights, sounds and smells. Nowhere else in the world have I witnessed a display of Egyptian hospitality and concern and care for travellers than here in Old Islamic Cairo. Mosques abound and a small incident occurred here between some teenage boys. They started arguing (as most teenage boys the world over do) getting louder and more... More 

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