Africa > Egypt
The Chaar-Hachamaim Synagogue
is one of Cairo's great hidden treasures. The synagogue features an interior
of exquisite stained-glass windows that are believed to be from the 1900'sThe
Jewish community sought refuge in Egypt, where they were regarded and protected
as People of the Book.
Shara Mari Girgis
The museum features the
largest collection of Coptic Christian artwork in Cairo. Dedicated to preserving
the ancient trails of Christianity I Egypt. The museum features work
from over a half millennium. The collections include pieces with a late-pharaonic/Greco-Roman
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
al-Mathaf al-Masri Maydan
The world's largest collection
of ancient Egyptian artifacts can be found within the walls of the Egyptian
Antiquities Museum. Housing more than 100,000 items, you will have to be
selective as to what exhibits you will tour. Two-hour tours are available
and are led by official museum guides.
4 Maydan Ibn Tulun
Also known as Bayt al-Kiritliya,
the structure of the museums made up of two Ottoman houses joined together.
It is a grand representation of Ottoman buildings. 18th-century merchant
life is depicted in the museum. After spending some time in the museum,
you will feel as if you have been transported to a different era.
Mosque and Madrasa of
Maydan Salah al-Di
Built by the Mamluk ruler
Sultan Hassan, this mosque is world-renowned as one of the largest Islamic
religious buildings. It is said that the stones surrounding the Mosque
actually came from the pyramids at Giza. A topic of controversy among Muslims
is the location of the mausoleum. The position of the mausoleum inadvertinly
forces worshipers, who come to pray, to bow before the tomb of the sultan.
Mosque of Ibn Tulun
Shara Tulun Bay
Built in 879 by Ahmad Ibn
Tulun this is only one of Tulunâ€™s building projects. He also set
up to build a new city, al-Qata'i, northwest of al-Fustat and al-Askar.
Although extraordinary in its assortment of fine palaces, gardens â€“ however,
all that stands is the Mosque.
Museum of Islamic Arts
Countering the Coptic Museum,
the Museum of Islamic Arts possesses the rarest and most extensive collection
of Islamic art in the world. The collection focuses mainly on Egyptian
artifacts, but there are also many exhibits that feature other Islamic
world objects. One of the most unique and ancient objects found in
the museum is the said to be the earliest Muslim tombstones (dating back
The Hanging Church
Shara Mari Girgis
Consecrated to the Blessed
Virgin sometime in the 9th century. The church was originally placed
upon the gatehouse of the Roman fortress. It is perhaps one of Cairoâ€™s
most impressive churches. Inside the church there is a marble pulpit
that is considered one of he oldest existing pulpit in not only Cairo,
but also Egypt.
Since the end of the 14th
century, the Khan has remained the most vital for commercial activity in
Cairo. Winding streets and narrow passageways make up this shopping extravaganza.
Bazaar, vendors, and small shops make up the setting of this district.
Just about everything from carpets to perfumes to spices is sold her.
Science, technology, imagination,
history all make up this incredible world for kids. The "Discovery Hall"
is one section of the Activity Center. It features activities in which
children can discover different elements from the environment, such as
precious stones, fossils and shells. Next comes the "Handicrafts
and Arts Hall. It displays the ancient artesanies and various crafts, such
as drawing on wood or leather with paint and water colors, weaving on carpet
looms, or painting on glass and cardboard. The "Know yourself" division
allows children to investigate skeletons and the internal human body parts.
The Museum Park
The park surrounding
the Child Museum flows with an abundance of trees and plant species. Information
on every species is posted for children to read and compare as they tour
the park. A Bird watching tour is also available. Here children can observe
birds in their natural environment through the use of binoculars. Magnifying
glasses are also used in a tour for children to observe the behavior of
ants, bees and other insects.
Rising 187m above Gezira
Cairo Tower offers a stupendous view of the pulsating city. Catch a panoramic
vista of Cairo!
The Bent Pyramid
What makes this pyramid
unique is that it rises more steeply (54.3Â°) than the Red
Pyramid or Giza pyramids.
The explanation for its shape is unknown. Another puzzling fact is the
two entrances, one on its west side as well as the more conventional one
in its north face. Again, the reason is unknown â€“ perhaps another mystery