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Once known as the Roman stronghold of Babylon, Cairo’s oldest section is...

Once known as the Roman stronghold of Babylon, Cairo’s oldest section is the ancient heart of the Coptic Christian community featuring five original churches, the first mosque built in Egypt and the oldest synagogue, all representing three of the major world religions.

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What makes the Coptic Cairo worth-visiting is that it's free and it's one of the unusual daytrips you can get. Once you've seen the pyramids and bazaars, the next thing you want... read more

Reviewed 26 October 2015
Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Emirate of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
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Reviewed 26 October 2015

What makes the Coptic Cairo worth-visiting is that it's free and it's one of the unusual daytrips you can get. Once you've seen the pyramids and bazaars, the next thing you want to experience is a good leisure walk on a quieter area of Cairo with rich religious history. I felt good when I entered the Hanging Church with beautiful... More 

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Doha, Ad Dawhah, Qatar
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

Very interesting to see the hanging church, the Roman ruins, the hiding place of the Holy family when they fled Herod, the synagogue and place where Moses was found in his bull-rush basket.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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Reviewed 25 October 2015

Once you get through the gates.you will feel a totally different vibe compared to the rest of Cairo. Quieter, cleaner a bit more organized. Not many cars as it as lots of tiny alleyways. The churches are all very interesting. Would have loved to stay longer!

Thank TonyFNewZealand
New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 20 October 2015

What a lesson in history! To see the cavern where Mother Mary and Jesus took refuge, the beautiful architecture, the mosaic on the walls, all an amazing experience. Most tour guides may want to take you to Giza to see the Pyramids and want to exclude Old Cairo. Insist on going there. Do take a guide along to explain the... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 October 2015

To see the old historical buildings of Cairo.Interesting to wander around and think of the difference in the area .Lots of interesting shops to visit .

Thank Mary38677
Brunei Darussalam
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

To enter the place can be a bit uncomfortable. There is a gate with detectors and lots of police. It is for your own safety! People there are extremely friendly and just stroll around in the streets and get lots. Just do some research first so you have an idea what is there to see.

Thank happyfamily2000
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Reviewed 9 October 2015

The churches in this area tell the story of Coptic Egypt. The whole area is very rich in history unfortunately it needs a lot of cleanup and tidying to bring it up to the international standard of holy/ religious site.The churches are very well preserved and maintained and they still hold masses regularly.

Thank Nashed R
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

Here you will see amazing historic churches. A lot of places you have to see. Try to spend whole the day and you will enjoy. Easy to acsses, very safe place

Thank David Z
New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 7 October 2015

This part of Cairo is a well kept secret. Not too many tourists, but has many places of historical interest

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Reviewed 4 October 2015

They tell me that 34 million people officially live in Cairo plus maybe another maybe 15 million unofficially - adding up to virtually fifty million people plus tourists. The filth was explained to me by a local lady who said that if everybody DROPPED just one piece of litter every day then....... my take on it was that if everyone... More 

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