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  • Stacy R
    Watertown, MA149 contributions
    Highly suggest a guide unless you know the history! it was cool on a very hot day, which was lovely.
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Gene R J
    Silver Spring, MD8,099 contributions
    We took an Uber($3) for 4.2 km east to the entrance of this historic part of Old Cairo. Once getting over the limited access highway, we took a 1.2 km walk to see a 13th C mausoleum, the 13th C Qualawun Complex and up to the 14th C Beshtak Palace, then retraced to the classic El Fishawi Cafe and a view of the 10th C Al-Azhar Mosque. From here, we easily accessed a taxi back toward Tahrir Square.
    Written 29 March 2022
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  • Jazzumbo
    Romania1,578 contributions
    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
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  • BenYorkie
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,377 contributions
    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
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  • kareema.h
    Bahrain2 contributions
    A very nice place you should visit once you are in cairo , the sad thing that there’s no any furniture inside , it’s empty but you will find some information and achievements about baron .. the architecture is so amazing it’s stunning , there’s also a panorama view on the rooftop but you have to buy another ticket for that .. worth a visit
    Written 6 May 2022
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  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,341 contributions
    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
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  • Alice R
    Hobart, Australia8,215 contributions
    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
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  • waqarsarwar
    Islamabad, Pakistan613 contributions
    A very cheap attraction for all those who love aviation. You get a good historical background of the Egyptian Air Force. You get to see many aircraft models and you can also experience the simulator for a joy ride.You can also hire a tour guide for the visit.
    Written 26 December 2017
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK156,914 contributions
    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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  • Faysordinarylife
    Emirate of Ajman, United Arab Emirates69 contributions
    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
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  • Lama K
    Amman, Jordan35 contributions
    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 luck
    Written 20 December 2016
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  • Sarah Kenawy
    Cairo, Egypt7 contributions
    One of the most popular places in cairo that hosts many concerts and the location is great and classy.
    Written 30 April 2019
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  • Ahmed AL-HABBAA
    Qaha, Egypt567 contributions
    Very beautiful palace, with a premium location beside the rive Nile. Very accessible. Free entry to Egyptians. Beautiful architecture with alot of wonderful paints and monuments.
    Written 28 March 2022
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  • westy54
    Sydney, Australia7,496 contributions
    The Tomb of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919 - 1980), the last Shah of Iran, who was exiled in 1979, is located in a separate corner section of the Al-Rifai Mosque which was built between 1869 and 1912. After travelling to several countries following his exile from Iran, the Shah accepted an invitation by then Egyptian President Anwar Sadat to stay in Egypt which is where he died. The Shah was afforded an Islamic funeral with full military honours.

    The marble tomb sits slightly above the marble tiled floor in a room that has beautifully coloured marble walls. There is an Iranian flag from the time of the Shah at the head of the tomb and dozens of cats wandering about. There were also lots of flowers which we understood from our guide were replaced each day.

    The Al-Rifai mosque is also the final resting place of a number of Egyptian royalty including King Farouk I, the last reigning King of Egypt, who himself was exiled from Egypt and died in Rome. King Farouk I was the brother in law of the Shah of Iran, his sister, Princess Fawzia Fuad, being the Shah's first wife.

    In an interesting twist, the Shah's father, who was also exiled from Iran but died in South Africa, was buried in this same tomb in 1944 but his body was returned to Iran after WWII.
    Written 9 February 2019
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  • CPaM68
    Texas632 contributions
    According to available information a plate at the foot of the obelisk says it was found in Tanis (a town in Ancient Egypt that is currently called San el-Hagar) and erected at this site in 1984 to become the first object greeting visitors on their arrival to Cairo. The red granite obelisk is 63 feet high and and weighs about 120 tons. King Ramses II ruled Egypt between 1301 and 1235 B.C. The obelisk was officially inaugurated April 25, 1984 the second anniversary of Israel’s withdrawal from the Sinai desert. The obelisk can be easily seen from your bus or taxi as you arrive and leave the airport but is actually difficult to physically to get to and examine.
    Written 27 June 2017
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