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“The wealth of islamic architecture that is not present any where else”
Review of Islamic Cairo

Islamic Cairo
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Ranked #11 of 319 things to do in Cairo
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 13 April 2012

You must have a tour guide to join you for too many places. You must go to El saieda aesha area to visit El Refaay mosque, Al Soltan hasan mosque and school, taz palace and el sabeel. Then you need to go to the Salah el deen citadel area to visit the citadel and mohamad ali mosque and the musiums inside the citadel. Then you need to go to visit Ebn Tolon mosque and Geyer Anderson house. Then you must go to the azhar area and El moeez street to visit El Nasr Gate, Al Hakem BeAmr El Lah mosque, El Sehemy house, Al Akmar Mosque, ElSoltan Barkok mosque, Soliman Agha ElSelehdar Mosque, Ebn Kalaoon Mosque, Al Soltan Al Kamel Mosque, Al Soltan Negm El Deen Aeoob mosque and Al Ashraf Bersbay mosque. Each of these buildings needs a detailed review that i hope can write it for you soon.

Thank SamehLabib
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Reviewed 3 April 2012

It is a part can't be separated from Egypt, if didn't go there you didn't visit Cairo

Thank MITawfik
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Reviewed 1 April 2012

It is vital to have a guide to really appreciate the history of Islam and the architectural differences and developments

With the difficulty of getting through the Cairene traffic, in half a day we saw:
- The Citadel & Mohamed Ali Mosque
- Sultan Hassan Mosque
- Ibn Tulun Mosque
- Khan el khalili Bazaar
We didn't climb the tower at Ibn Tulun but got a great view of the city from the Citadel

Well worth doing and nice to compare with the Coptic area and Giza

2  Thank Veggiemel
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

Islamic Cairo is a peacefull and beautifull area in Cairo,You find here many and different kind off mosque's with different stile's. On many stone banks you can sit and taste the atmosphere and peace here. Nobody try's to sell you something.People are friendly and try to tell you something about the mosk where you are looking to, Wandering through the small streets with a lot of beautifull mashrabiya and visiting the old Wikala its like you are in a total different world.In one off this streets I found in a small shop the head from a statue from former president Nasser, was very funny.
The textile museum and islamic art museum are a

Thank TinaLandgraaf
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Reviewed 25 March 2012

Definitely one of the most atmospheric and rewarding parts of Cairo. Besides the wonderful vibrant and relatively hassle free Khan El Khalili Bazaar (where a polite 'no thanks' is met with a friendly smile, a quip , and no further pressure - unlike the aggressive sell of the Giza pyramids), you can explore further afield, within minutes of the bazaar itself. Use Naguib Mahfouz coffee shop as a starting point. Anyone will direct you to this , in the centre of Khan El Khalili, as it is so famous, and it's also a lovely atmospheric coffee shop to stop in, marvel at the Islamic decoration and architecture, enjoy a sheesha if that is your style, or a coffee poured from solid copper pots, etc. Disappointingly the tea is not the delicious loose Arabic tea but a Lipton's tea bag so avoid tea if you can. If you don't fancy coffee then try one of the delicious cocktails or a drink of hibiscus. Starting then from the Naguib Mahfouz coffee shop on your right, carry straight on down the narrow alley until you reach the very bottom where it meets the street of gold straddling your way. Take a right hand turn up 'Gold Street' where you will see many beautiful jewellery shops, and within minutes you reach a very beautiful long cobbled road, with medieval style mosques, palaces old madrasas, or schools, antique shops, a few art shops and a wonderful atmosphere of local people, visitors, Egyptian families and so on......just stroll safely around here at will. Surprisingly, apart from one building, entry into each of these lovely buildings is free. The area is beautifully flood lit at night although the buildings have still not re-opened to wander around in the evenings, at this time of writing (March 2012). Go in the day time if you want to see inside the buildings. And although it is free, some mosques will try to charge you to ascend the minaret, which is fair enough, although you shouldn't really pay more than 30 LE maximum. Most people pay about 20 LE. It is my personal favourite part of Cairo and you can always shop in the Khan afterwards, eat in the delicious Khan El Khalil restaurant that is part of the Naguib Mahfouz coffee shop, or go to see a whirling dervish show nearby (check out the days and times for this first). If none of this appeals, catch a taxi to Al Azhar Park, just a short ride away and enjoy the lovely scenery, the 360 degree view of Islamic Cairo, and one of it's many delicious restaurants. I personally would choose the Lakeside Cafe for nice food that is relatively inexpensive, very pretty surroundings and a beautiful view of Mohamed Ali mosque, but if you have money to burn then spoil yourself in Citadel View, situated in a higher part of the park, and sit on the balcony on a warm night, for delicious food, romantic surroundings and a lovely atmosphere. And if you don't have too much cash that night then you can always find one of the many little cafes in the Khan and enjoy some tamayas or pizza etc (be careful of the obvious cafes by El Hussein mosque as these are the most expensive. And do check out the menu prices, as the foreigner menu in some places charges more than the Arabic version, so it help if you can read Arabic numbers. Most cafes are honest though, and certainly all the main restaurants charge the same price, whatever your nationality, whether the restaurants in Al Azhar Park, or in the Naguib Mahfouz or Khan El Khalili Restaurant. For a drink in an atmospheric and beautiful indoor setting, also try the Sultan El Taj quite close to El Hussein mosque. A place that I think you will want to return to time and time again.......

1  Thank Leean W
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