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- Egypt may be an Arab republic which is Muslim majority, but Egypt is a stable enough country that religious minorities are recognized and respected. This gives me hope for the future of this country. If they are able to maintain the harmony between them, Egypt would be a model for the Arab World on how it can handle religious diversity.Written 26 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Al Muizz Street, in heart of Islamic Cairo, dates back to Cairo's foundation in 969AD and developed over centuries.
Al Muizz street stretches between old Cairo’s North and South gates, Bab-al-Futuh & Bab Zuweila, and is dotted with city's major historic buildings and monuments. Also, there are shops and cafés on Al-Muizz street.Written 13 August 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Baron Palace is a magnificent historic castle that has so many breathtaking natural surroundings.
Baron Palace has a stunning blend of European and Middle Eastern architectural styles. It is a must-see destination for anyone interested in art, history, and culture.Written 10 July 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The Al Hussein Square is a large bustling space with cafes and coffee shops. And is next to one corner of the Khan El Khalili and several historic buildings. The immediate one is the Al Hussein Mosque - a lovely building, significant architecture and significant history because of the holy Islamic remans there.
We enjoyed our visit there - but it helped having a local guide with us.Written 18 October 2018
- We had a fantastic day out with Barsoum, he was extremely knowledgeable on events on history providing us with detailed information about the pyramids, museum focus pieces and dynasties while telling the story of the families, politics and even some jokes! Lunch was at a nice place over looking the Nile (you can order beer) but we were the only people in there - would have been better to go somewhere with more locals or travelers. Also everywhere wants non Egyptian pounds!!!! So take a big stack of small notes- eg USD, GBP, Euro, etc. as tipping is expected. Be wary of the camel rides at Giza too… it was our first day and we were a bit naieve- ended up paying £35 pp (4 of us) but got a “free” headscarf. In hindsight $10-20 USD seems to be the right price for 30 min ride- oh well we provided a local stimulus package and did get great photos…Written 25 September 2023
- Historically it is a place of significance but in real life it disappoints from a "touristy point of view". Busy, lots of traffic, lots of police presence. Not much to see. Most visitors see it on the way to The Egyptian Museum or the American University in Cairo.
There are several important government offices in the vicinity.
To avoid crazy traffic the interconnecting underground pedestrian tunnels can be conveniently used.Written 12 January 2022
- The palace is a historical attraction that is known for its wonderful architecture and rich cultural heritage. The Palace offers a unique opportunity to explore the opulent lifestyle of the Egyptian aristocracy. The palace's well-preserved interiors, beautiful gardens, and artistic exhibits. It is a perfect setting for a memorable outing with friends, combining education, aesthetics, and leisure.Written 15 July 2023
- Out of the three Fatimid gates that remained standing nowadays, Bab Zuwayla is the most dramatic, with its crowning fifteen-century minarets. It leads the visitors to a bazaar quarter that is as full of life today as it was in the Middle Age.
In the early Mameluke period, the sultans use to sit on the platform between the two towers to watch the procession of the Mahmal, the ceremonial palanquin that accompanied the annual pilgrimage caravan to Mecca. However, this gate was also a place for public executions, and the heads of criminals were displayed above the gates on spikes. Even Tumanbay, the last Mameluke sultan of Egypt was hanged here in 1517, after the country's conquest by the Ottomans. Tumanbay’s rope broke on the first two attempts before his luck ran out. His body remained suspended from the gate for three days, and then was buried
The views from towers are spectacular, although part of the neighborhood is sadly neglected.Written 24 June 2022
- One of the most popular places in cairo that hosts many concerts and the location is great and classy.Written 30 April 2019
- Visiting the Egyptian Air Museum was a fantastic experience! The outdoor exhibits beautifully showcased the rich history of Egyptian aviation, and the aircraft on display were truly impressive. The indoor displays were both modern and well-explained, with detailed descriptions available in English for those who need it. The staff were incredibly friendly and made our visit even more enjoyable. Our day at the museum was nothing short of amazing and we would highly recommend it to anyone interested in aviation or history. The museum's dedication to preserving and showcasing their history is truly something to be proud of. BONUS, while we were there, a very high-up dignitary of the Egypt Air Force visited to see one of the exhibits and have a meeting in their huge helicopter. It was very neat!Written 9 February 2023
- It is a sacred place for Muslims. According to some traditions head of Imam Hussain(Grand son of Prophet Muhammad SAW ) is buried here. The mausoleum is inside the mosque. The place is very crowded espacially the women's side. It was difficult to stand steady inside mosque. The place has spiritual feels. Once you are infront of mausoleum , you will have very calming vibes. The only thing broke my heart was debris and unhygienic condition outside the mosque. The area around mosque is very crowded.Written 28 December 2020
- This is another modern history site in Egypt. Worth a visit if you're interested in the Shah or others buried here.
After the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi eventually found sanctuary in Egypt where he died 27 July 1980
After his death he was accorded a state military funeral by Egyptian President Anwar As-Sadat and then interred here.
The mosque was built to replace a more informal shrine to Sufi "Saint" Ahmed Al-Rifai and as well as tombs for some members of the Royal Family.
At times during the last 200 or so years, Egypt and Iran had good relations.
Iran was one of the first countries to recognize Egypt's independence and open an Embassy.
In 1939 King Farouk's sister Fawzia married Mohammed while he was Crown Prince.
King Farouk is accused of using his ambassador in Tehran to communicate with the Axis Powers during WWII according to some historical reports.
Mohammed Reza's father--Shah Reza was deposed by the British and USSR 1941 invasion on charges of collaborating with the Axis Powers.
Mohammed then became Shah.
Shah Reza died in 1944 in South Africa and was buried in Al Rifai Mosque. His body was returned to Iran after WWII.
Some historic accounts blame the 1952 Egyptian Revolution for a deterioration in Iranian/Egyptian relations but the break in relations occurred in 1960 after Iran recognized Israel.
During the Nasser era, there were positive steps not only between Iran and Egypt on a state to state level, but also on a religious level.
In 1959 the Sheikh of Al Azhar Mahmud Shaltut issued a legal opinion "fatwa" that there were five permissible legal schools in Islam: the four traditional Sunni schools plus the Jaafari (Shi'ah) school.Written 30 December 2022
- What a way to start a tour, this majestic entrance has many things of note, notably the massive doors which were a stronghold point in ancient times. It's free to enter.Written 8 April 2019
- If you wish to see the unique mural of El Seed taking place over 50 buildings in Moqattam , here are important tips and notes :
- The ride to reach the location will take you approximately 90 minutes from Zamalek.
- If you have limited time and only wish to see the mural ask the driver to take you straight to Samaa'n Kharraz Church , there is a short cut road that will take you straight up , when you arrive ask for Majid , he is very helpful and will guide you to a viewpoint over a car garage that will allow you to see it. I must say that when I visited the location two days ago , the lower right part was recently blocked by a new building.
- If you have time and interested to gain perspectives of the place , take a small car , the smallest you can access or rent , drive to Moqattam Mountain , ask locals how to reach Mansheyyet Naser , drive from the garbage city - Mansheyyet Naser - Straight to the cave church.
- Note that locals dont know the church by cave church , they call it Der Sama'an Kharraz
Good luckWritten 20 December 2016
- Mosque of Sultan Al-Ashraf Barsbay is a historic mosque in Islamic Cairo that was a historical complex of mosque, madrasa, a Sufi lodgings. Built during the Mamluk period, the architecture with characteristic minaret leitmotifs, geometric carved surface and interleaving of coloured stones.
It’s free to enter and is worth a quick detour if in Islamic Cairo.Written 7 November 2019
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