Islamic Cairo, Cairo

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Walk down the historic streets of Islamic Cairo, an atmospheric district of mosques, madrasas, merchant houses, and fountains that together form part of a World Heritage Site. Retaining many of its traditional buildings, the area stands in contrast to the modern sections of the city and the suburbs that surround it, with medieval landmarks and historic places of pilgrimage topping most sightseeing tours. Despite its storied sites and standout buildings, the district remains a place of everyday life, with a bustling market and a number of traditional teahouses and restaurants frequented by locals. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Islamic Cairo by using our Cairo online trip planner.
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  • UNESCO named Islamic Cairo, also called Historic Cairo, a World Heritage site in 1979 and recognized it as one of the world’s oldest Islamic cities. Not to be confused with ancient Egyptian sites...  more »
  • A visit to Cairo can't really be considered complete without an attempt to check out the ancient mosques and madrassas of Islamic Cairo. The Sharia al Muizz is the place to go to start this visit...  more »
  • Mosque of Ibn Tulun is the oldest mosque in Cairo and in Egypt. The mosque was commissioned under the rule of Ahmad ibn Tulun, the Abbassid governor of Egypt from 868–884. The Mosque itself is quite.....  more »

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