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City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)

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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.
East of Sharia Salah Salem, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed 5 June 2018

It covers a vast area, but it is not worth a visit... a lot of private burial places, but nothing that is really worth to watch. Just a lot of walls of which a lot are not even in a very good state. Not a...More

Thank Ronald_jelle
Reviewed 26 February 2018

A unique place which some people might find macabre. The families that live there originally went through necessity not choice but now it has become their village. It looks very dusty but then so does much of Cairo. Worth a look simply because it is...More

2  Thank Carolepj
Reviewed 25 February 2018

One of the biggest city of the world, 22 million of people live in Cairo.! The keepers of this place live above the the dead, they build the place on top of the tombs. For western quite unusual place to live. The city is cover...More

Thank AlenaKlenot
Reviewed 14 February 2018

This is a unique place where the squatters have moved into the mausoleum build by the families for their burials. Worth a visit

Thank Umesh G
Reviewed 8 January 2018

In this ancient cemetery, the living have moved in and created their own special city within a city. Many of the people living there were homeless after the 1992 earthquake with nowhere else to go. The government has since provided electricity, water, and schools for...More

Thank DianaDalek
Reviewed 27 December 2017

The 'City of the Dead' os as they call it 'Cairo Necropolis' is a graveyard situated close to the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar. basically it is a Muslim Cemetery with houses hundreds of graves and many tombs. Many of these tombs are homes to families who...More

Thank waqarsarwar
Reviewed 11 December 2017

A cemetery with a 1300 year-old history of continued burrials and construction of tombs and graves. The area feels rather neglected and I would not go there after dark. Unlike elsewhere in Cairo dogs may bark at you, because they sense you are an outsider....More

Thank Robert937
Reviewed 13 November 2017 via mobile

I stopped here on the way to Giza as part of a tiur to the pyramids. Obviously if you were to go to the pyramids first then this city of the dead would lose its mystique in comparison but I have to say I found...More

Thank Bozeman-Dublin
Reviewed 8 November 2017

Nothing to specifically go out of the way to see, yes, it is a large “city like” sized burial ground. You can see the city of the dead when you at the pyramids and you come down the hill to see the sphynx. The cemetery...More

1  Thank Mustafa V
Reviewed 29 October 2017

City of the Dead also know as Cairo Necropolis) is an area not far from the Khan al-Khalili. It is a Muslim Cemetery with multiple Tombs. A fair number of these tombs are occupied by families who either wish to stay near their deceased relatives...More

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