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Explore interesting sights in Cairo, Egypt. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 34 sights are available in Cairo, Egypt.

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1. Hussein Mosque

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The al-Hussein Mosque or al-Husayn Mosque, also known as the Mosque of al-Imam al-Husayn and the Mosque of Sayyidna al-Husayn, is a mosque and mausoleum of Husayn ibn Ali, originally built in 1154, and then later reconstructed in 1874. The mosque is located in Cairo, Egypt, near the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, near-by the famous Al Azhar Mosque, in an area known as Al-Hussain. It is considered to be one of the holiest Islamic sites in Egypt. Some Shia Muslims believe that Husayn's head is buried on the grounds of the mosque where a mausoleum is located today and considered to be what is left of the Fatimid architecture in the building.

Wikipedia: Al-Hussein Mosque (EN)

2. Cairo Tower

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Cairo TowerJorge Láscar from Melbourne, Australia / CC BY 2.0

The Cairo Tower is a free-standing concrete tower in Cairo, Egypt. At 187 m (614 ft), it was the tallest structure in Egypt for 37 years until 1998, when it was surpassed by the Suez Canal overhead powerline crossing. It was the tallest structure in North Africa for 21 years until 1982, when it was surpassed by the Nador transmitter in Morocco. It was the tallest structure in Africa for one year until 1962, when it was surpassed by Sentech Tower in South Africa.

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3. Salah El Din Citadel

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Salah El Din CitadelAhmed Al.Badawy from Cairo, Egypt / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Citadel of Cairo or Citadel of Saladin is a medieval Islamic-era fortification in Cairo, Egypt, built by Salah ad-Din (Saladin) and further developed by subsequent Egyptian rulers. It was the seat of government in Egypt and the residence of its rulers for nearly 700 years from the 13th century until the construction of Abdeen Palace in the 19th century. Its location on a promontory of the Mokattam hills near the center of Cairo commands a strategic position overlooking the city and dominating its skyline. When it was constructed it was among the most impressive and ambitious military fortification projects of its time. It is now a preserved historic site, including mosques and museums.

Wikipedia: Cairo Citadel (EN)

4. Blue Mosque

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The Aqsunqur Mosque (Arabic: مسجد آق, Turkish: Aksungur Camii; also known as the Blue Mosque or the Mosque of Ibrahim Agha is located in Cairo, Egypt and is one of several "blue mosques" in the world. It is situated in the Tabbana Quarter in Islamic Cairo, between Bab Zuweila and the Citadel of Cairo. The Aqsunqur Mosque also serves as a funerary complex, containing the mausoleums of its founder Shams ad-Din Aqsunqur, his sons, a number of children of the Bahri Mamluk sultan an-Nasir Muhammad and that of its principal restorer, Ibrahim Agha al-Mustahfizan.

Wikipedia: Aqsunqur Mosque (EN)

5. Hanging Church

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Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church, also known as the Hanging Church, is one of the oldest churches in Egypt which dates to the third century. It belongs to the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria.

Wikipedia: Hanging Church (EN)

6. Egyptian Museum

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The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, commonly known as the Egyptian Museum, located in Cairo, Egypt, houses the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. It houses over 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display. Located in Tahrir Square in a building built in 1901, it is the largest museum in Africa. Among its masterpieces are Pharaoh Tutankhamun's treasure, including its iconic gold burial mask, widely considered one of the best-known works of art in the world and a prominent symbol of ancient Egypt.

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7. Coptic Cairo

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Coptic Cairo is a part of Old Cairo which encompasses the Babylon Fortress, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Greek Church of St. George and many other Coptic churches and historical sites. It is believed in Christian tradition that the Holy Family visited this area and stayed at the site of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church. Coptic Cairo was a stronghold for Christianity in Egypt both before and during the Islamic era, as most of its churches were built after the Muslim conquest of Egypt in the 7th century.

Wikipedia: Coptic Cairo (EN)

8. Sultan Hassan Mosque

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Sultan Hassan MosqueDennis Jarvis from Halifax, Canada / CC BY-SA 4.0

The Mosque-Madrasa of Sultan Hasan is a monumental mosque and madrasa located in Salah al-Din Square in the historic district of Cairo, Egypt. It was built between 1356 and 1363 during the Bahri Mamluk period, commissioned by Sultan an-Nasir Hasan. The mosque was considered remarkable for its massive size and innovative architectural components, and is still considered one of the most impressive historic monuments in Cairo today.

Wikipedia: Mosque-Madrasa of Sultan Hasan (EN)

9. National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

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The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is a large museum located in Old Cairo, a district of Cairo, Egypt. Partially opened in 2017, the museum was officially inaugurated on 3 April 2021 by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, with the moving of 22 mummies, including 18 kings and four queens, from the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo, in an event termed the Pharaohs' Golden Parade. The museum displays a collection of 50,000 artifacts, presenting the Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to the present day.

Wikipedia: National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (EN), Website

10. Wadi Degla Protectorate Area

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Wadi Djala Reserve is one of the natural reserves in Cairo Governorate in Egypt It is a natural reserve according to the decision of the Prime Minister No. 47 of 1999 with a total area of about 60 km2. • Wadi Dajla is located east of the Maadi neighborhood in the eastern desert in Cairo Governorate, and it is considered one of the important valleys that extend from east to the west with a length of about 30 km. • It passes through the limestone rocks that are deposited in the marine environment in the eastern desert, as it is rich in fossils.

Wikipedia: محمية وادى دجله (ARZ)

11. Gayer-Anderson Museum

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The Gayer-Anderson Museum is an art museum located in Cairo, Egypt. It is situated adjacent to the Mosque of Ahmad ibn Tulun in the Sayyida Zeinab neighborhood. The building takes its name from Major Robert Grenville Gayer-Anderson Pasha, who resided in the house between 1935 and 1942 with special permission from the Egyptian Government. The museum is noted for being one of examples of 17th-century domestic architecture left in Cairo, and also for its collection of furniture, carpets, curio, and other objects.

Wikipedia: Gayer-Anderson Museum (EN)

12. Orman Botanic Garden

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The Orman Garden is one of the most famous Botanical gardens in Egypt. It is located at Giza, in Cairo. It dates back to 1875 and the reign of Khedive Isma'il Pasha who established the garden on a larger site than it presently occupies as part of the Palace of the Khedive. A great lover of gardens, the Khedive entrusted the design of the garden to the French landscaper Jean-Pierre Barillet-Deschamps. It became a public botanical garden in 1910/1917 and put under the Ministry of Agriculture management.

Wikipedia: Orman Garden (EN)

13. Cathedral of the Nativity

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Cathedral of the Nativity

The Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ is a Coptic Orthodox cathedral in the as-yet-unnamed New Administrative Capital, Egypt, some 45 km east of Cairo. It was commissioned by the President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and inaugurated on 6 January 2019 by President el-Sisi and the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria Tawadros II. It is the largest church in the Middle East, and the largest Oriental Orthodox church in the world by area.

Wikipedia: Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, Cairo (EN)

14. October War Panorama

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The 6th of October War Panorama is a museum and memorial to the 1973 October war, located in Heliopolis, Cairo. Constructed over an area of 7.5 feddans, it was inaugurated on 5 October 1989 by former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. It was built as a cylindrical fort-like building molded in Islamic architectural style with partial assistance from a group of North Korean architects and is run by the Egyptian National Military Museums Department.

Wikipedia: 6th of October Panorama (EN)

15. Saint George's Church

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The Church of St. George is a Greek Orthodox church within the Babylon Fortress in Coptic Cairo. It is part of the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of St George under the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa. The church dates back to the 10th century. The current structure was rebuilt following a 1904 fire, construction was finished in 1909. Since 2009, the monastery's hegumen has had the rank of bishop with title Bishop Babylonos.

Wikipedia: Church of St. George (Cairo) (EN)

16. Al-Lu'lu'a Mosque

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The Lulua Mosque or al-Lu'lu'a Mosque is a mosque in Cairo, Egypt, that was built in 1015–16 AD. It was constructed during the reign of the third Fatimid caliph, al-Hakim, in the Fatimid architectural style. The mosque was almost-fully collapsed in 1919, but was later refurbished in 1998 by the Dawoodi Bohras, who trace their religious lineage to the Fatimid Caliphate's Shia Islam. It is located in the southern cemetery in the Moqattam hills.

Wikipedia: Lulua Mosque (EN)

17. Saint Barpara Church

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The Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Barbara is one of the many famous Coptic Orthodox parishes that can be found in the district of Coptic Cairo. The building is located on the eastern part of the Babylon Fortress and is one of the oldest buildings in Cairo, dating back to the 5th or 6th century AD. However, like many other buildings of Coptic architecture, it was rebuilt several times, most notably by the end of the 11th century.

Wikipedia: Saint Barbara Church in Coptic Cairo (EN)

18. Mosque of Sultan al-Muayyad

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The Mosque of Sultan al-Mu'ayyad is a Mosque in Cairo, Egypt next to Bab Zuwayla built under the rule of sultan Al-Mu'ayyad Sayf ad-Din Shaykh from whom it takes its name, "Al-Mu'ayyad", meaning The Supporter in Arabic language. Construction began in 1415 and the mosque was completed in 1421. The complex included a Friday mosque and a madrasa for four madhhabs. It replaced a prison which originally stood next to Bab Zuwayla.

Wikipedia: Mosque of Sultan al-Muayyad (EN)

19. Baron Empain Palace

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The Baron Empain Palace, also known as Le Palais Hindou, is a distinctive and historic Hindu temple-inspired mansion in Heliopolis, a suburb northeast of central Cairo, Egypt. It was founded in 1905 by Édouard Empain, a Belgian businessman who was awarded the title of "Baron" by the King of Belgium due to his contribution to the Paris Metro and tramway lines connecting Belgium, Northern France, and the Netherlands.

Wikipedia: Baron Empain Palace (EN)

20. El Azhar Mosque

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Al-Azhar Mosque, known in Egypt simply as al-Azhar, is a mosque in Cairo, Egypt in the historic Islamic core of the city. Commissioned as the new capital of the Fatimid Caliphate in 970, it was the first mosque established in a city that eventually earned the nickname "the City of a Thousand Minarets". Its name is usually thought to derive from az-Zahrāʾ, a title given to Fatimah, the daughter of Muhammad.

Wikipedia: Al-Azhar Mosque (EN)

21. The Coptic Museum

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The Coptic Museum is a museum in Coptic Cairo, Egypt with the largest collection of Coptic Christian artifacts in the world. It was founded by Marcus Simaika in 1908 to house Coptic antiquities. The museum traces the history of Egypt from its beginnings to the present day. It was erected on 8,000 square meter land offered by the Coptic Orthodox Church, under the guardianship of Pope Cyril V.

Wikipedia: Coptic Museum (EN), Website

22. Bab Zuweila

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Bab Zuweila or Bab Zuwayla is one of three remaining gates in the city wall of the Old City of Cairo, the capital of Egypt. It was also known as Bawabbat al-Mitwali during the Ottoman period. It is considered one of the major landmarks of the city and is the last remaining southern gate from the walls of Fatimid-era Cairo in the 11th and 12th century.

Wikipedia: Bab Zuweila (EN)

23. Unknown Soldier Memorial

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The Unknown Soldier Memorial in Cairo is a pyramid-shaped monument in Nasr City. Its construction was ordered by president Anwar Sadat in 1974 in honor of Egyptians and Arabs who lost their lives in the 1973 October War. It was inaugurated in October 1975. The site was also chosen for the president's tomb after his assassination in October 1981.

Wikipedia: Unknown Soldier Memorial (Egypt) (EN)

24. Fustat

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Fustat

Fustat, also Fostat, was the first capital of Egypt under Muslim rule, and the historical centre of modern Cairo. It was built adjacent to what is now known as Old Cairo by the Rashidun Muslim general 'Amr ibn al-'As immediately after the Muslim conquest of Egypt in AD 641, and featured the Mosque of Amr, the first mosque built in Egypt.

Wikipedia: Fustat (EN)

25. El Geyoushy Mosque

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The Juyushi Mosque is a historic monument in Cairo, Egypt. The mosque is dated to 1085 CE, during reign of the Fatimid Imam-Caliph al-Mustansir Billah. Its construction was sponsored by Badr al-Jamali, the vizier of al-Mustansir, who was Amir al-Juyush. It is located on the Muqattam hills above the Southern Cemetery of Cairo.

Wikipedia: Juyushi Mosque (EN)

26. Al-Nour

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Al-Nour Mosque is a mosque in Abbassia, Cairo, Egypt. It is among the landmarks of the neighborhood and the largest mosques in the city with several different halls for multi-purposes. It conducts social activities and sporting events as well. The mosque contains other facilities such as library.

Wikipedia: Al-Nour Mosque (Cairo) (EN)

27. Egyptian Geological Museum

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Egyptian Geological Museum

The Egyptian Geological Museum is a museum in Cairo, Egypt. The museum was established in 1901 as part of the Egyptian Geological Survey, which had been started in 1896 under the direction of the Khedive Ismail. The museum was the first of its kind in the Middle East and the African continent.

Wikipedia: Egyptian Geological Museum (EN)

28. Qogmas Al-Ishaqi Mosue

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The Mosque of Amir Qijmas al-Ishaqi or Abu Hurayba Mosque is a late Mamluk-era mosque in Cairo, Egypt. It dates from 1480-81 CE and is located in the historic al-Darb al-Ahmar district, near Bab Zuweila. It is considered by many to be one of the finest examples of late Mamluk architecture.

Wikipedia: Amir Qijmas al-Ishaqi Mosque (EN)

29. Museum of Islamic Art

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The Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in Cairo, Egypt is considered one of the greatest museums in the world, with its exceptional collection of rare woodwork and plaster artefacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects of all periods, from all over the Islamic world.

Wikipedia: Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo (EN)

30. El Tahrir Square

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Tahrir Square, also known as Martyr Square, is a public town square in downtown Cairo, Egypt. The square has been the location and focus for political demonstrations. The 2011 Egyptian revolution and the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak occurred at the Tahrir Square.

Wikipedia: Tahrir Square (EN)

31. Kekhya Mosque

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Kekhya Mosque

Osman Katkhuda Al-Kazdaghli Mosque or Al-Kikhia Mosque, is one of the mosques established in the era of the Ottoman Empire in Egypt, this mosque is located in the Azbakeya neighborhood at the intersection of Ibrahim Street with Qasr Al-Nil Street.

Wikipedia: مسجد عثمان كتخدا (AR)

32. Wekalat El Sultan Al-Ghoury

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The Wikala of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri is a caravanserai in medieval Cairo, Egypt. It was built in 1504–1505 and is considered today one of the most impressive and best-preserved examples of this type of building in Cairo.

Wikipedia: Wikala of al-Ghuri (EN)

33. Mahmoud Mukhtar Museum

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Mahmoud Mukhtar Museum The original uploader was Zerida at English Wikipedia. / CC BY-SA 3.0

Mukhtar Museum is a museum in Cairo, Egypt, housing the sculptures of Mahmoud Mokhtar. Mokhtar is considered to be significant as the father of modern Egyptian sculpture. His tomb is in the basement of the museum.

Wikipedia: Mukhtar Museum (EN)

34. Al-Tala'ee Mosque

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The Mosque of al-Salih Tala'i is a late Fatimid-era mosque built by the vizier Tala'i ibn Ruzzik in 1160. It is located south of Bab Zuweila, just outside the southern entrance to the old walled city of Cairo.

Wikipedia: Al-Salih Tala'i Mosque (EN)

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