Cairo Tourist Attractions, firstly Cairo hosts a unique variety of Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Christian, and Islamic monuments that are quite difficult to find anywhere else in the world. That makes it one of the most important tourist destinations for tourists who spend their vacations in Egypt. Enjoy a tour to visit Cairo tourist attractions and visits historical sites dating to various periods of Egyptian history.
Top 10 Places to Visit in Cairo Tourist Attractions
Discover with us the most important landmarks and unmissable attractions during your trip to Cairo, and you can be visiting
1. The Pyramids of Giza
2. Saqqara Step Pyramid
3. Memphis Open Air Museum
4. The Red Pyramid of Dahshur
5. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
6. The Citadel of Saladin
7. Old Coptic Cairo
8. Pharaonic Village
9. Al-Azhar Mosque
10. Khan El Khalili Bazaars
These are the most visited sites. However, Cairo is considered an open-air museum of historical sites dating to various periods of Egyptian history because of the uncountable tourist attractions there.
The legendary majestic Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren, and Mykerionos – also known as the Great Pyramids of Giza. You will see firsthand why these spectacular man-made monuments are known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Step Pyramid – the first pyramid to be built and the surrounding monuments. Your guide will give you a detailed history of Imhotep, the Egyptian architect who created this pyramid, and how he accomplished this major undertaking. The Pyramid of Teti is a smooth-sided pyramid situated in the pyramid field at Saqqara in Egypt.
Memphis site is distinguished by housing the Memphis Museum, displaying the statue of Queen Hatshepsut, the second largest statue of the Sphinx after the one on the Giza plateau, and the great statue of King Ramesses II. This statue of Ramesses II was discovered beside the statue of King Ramesses II, exhibited now in The Grand Egyptian Museum.
The Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid are about 2 km south of the Mastaba Faraoun. The constructor of these pyramids is considered to have been Snofru (2575 – 2551 BC), the first ruler of the 4th Dynasty. Snofru built these two pyramids and is thought to have made the pyramid at Maiden. His son was Cheops who continued his constructive tendencies.
The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities was established in 1902 near the city center of Cairo. On display is a rare collection of 5,000 years of art, the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the World. Over 250,000 genuine artifacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicated to the Tutankhamun collection of treasures, Gold, and Jewelry, as was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years. It was discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated.
The Citadel was built by Salah-El-Din in the 12th Century and was the seat of power for the following 700 years. On the premises is the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali, one of the landmarks of Cairo whose minaret can be seen from any part of the city. The Mohammed Ali mosque was built in Turkish style and very similar to the Blue Mosque in Turkey.
Coptic Cairo is home to some of the oldest Christian churches in the world and retraces the steps where Mary and Joseph walked thousands of years ago. The Hanging Church, also known as El Muallaqa, was dedicated to the Virgin Mary and was believed to have been built at the end of the 3rd century. Built on the outer wall you will see the Greek Church of St. George.
The Church of St. Sergius is a perfect example of a Coptic church and monastery. It was founded at the end of the 4th century and it stands on a crypt that is said to have sheltered the holy family during their flight from Egypt. St. Barbara’s Church was built between the 4th and 5th centuries. It has preserved the ruins of Saint John.
Pharaonic Village, where we will see and experience the lifestyle of the ancient Egyptians, is acted by over 100 actors and actresses, dressed and acting as in the old Pharaonic villages. There is a museum on the premises that displays a real-life replica of Tutankhamun’s tomb with the sarcophagus, his treasures, gold, and jewelry, as it was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years until its discovery in the 1920s. It is an excellent place to visit particularly for families with children.
Al-Azhar Mosque is Located in El Hussein Square. The Al-Azhar Mosque (the most blooming), established in 972 (361 H) in a porticoed style shortly after the founding of Cairo itself, was Originally designed by the Fatimid general Jawhar El-Sequili (Gawhara Qunqubay, Gawhar al-Sakkaly) and built on the orders of Caliph Muezz Li-Din Allah.
Khan El Khalili Bazaars date back to 1382. Shops in this district are legendary for fine brassware, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, antiques, and more! Everything for sale in these shops is negotiable, be prepared to bargain for goods sold in this exciting maze of shops!
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