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City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)

East of Sharia Salah Salem, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Many magnificent funerary complexes are located here including the Mosque of Qaitbey (completed in 1474 AD), the Complex of Sultan Ashraf Barsbey and the Mausoleum of Ibn Barquq.
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East of Sharia Salah Salem, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour driver will take you through the cemetery area, where they have tombs similar to those in New Orleans. Above ground and very ornate iron or wood work. This is where the similarity stops, since poor Egyptians live the the tomb area, rent free,...More

Thank TrixieBelle
Reviewed 1 June 2017

This area used to be desert, where the Memluk sultans preferred to be buried. Their huge tomb-complexes included places for dervish pilgrims, and required much upkeep - leading to an area where people live in apartment buildings interspersed with religious foundations and shrines.

Thank NicJBoston
Reviewed 24 May 2017

An interesting site but must be done together with a taxi driver and during day time as it can be dangerous otherwise as it is where drugs are sold and really poor people barely survive among the tombs, the livings are the real danger indeed.

Thank Arnaud R
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Now is the time to visit Egypt. the History and sights are stunning. We felt completely safe during our 9 day stay. I would strongly recommend Encounters Travel and our amazing guide Waleed Kamouna.

Thank Jaki O
Reviewed 4 May 2017

We drove by the cemetery but didn't go inside. I think it would have been interesting to go inside of the cemetery. Our guide explained some of the things we were seeing and explained about Egyptian burial practices.

Thank TexasFreqTraveler
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Very impressive, blocks and blocks of tombs, is a huge cemetery. Different shaped and figures, must be thousands of year old

Thank Marlene A
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Together with Rashid the guide, I could visit some families living in the city of the dead, taking care of the tombs and the dead. A must to visit

Thank AleidaWilhelmina
Reviewed 15 March 2017

A drive through this area is most interesting. Unusual that people live among the tombs. If you're lucky you can visit a home here as some are gracious enough to show you where they live and guard the tombs.

Thank Tom S
Reviewed 29 January 2017

At first when we visited this place , we were surprised and worried about the after life . An entire city with houses where tombstones and mummified bodies are kept of relatives of the home owners . Not for the faint hearted . The city...More

Thank CaptUnmeshD
Reviewed 23 January 2017

Have a glimpse of the place from a panoramic site at a high point in mokattam hills. The place is just average.

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