Cairo is one of the blessings of
God. This city combines the earthly life and our sacred religion, it is night and day, hell and paradise, the West and East.
Naguib Mahfouz, "The Procession of the living."
CAIRO (El Qahira)
The largest metropolis in Africa and the Arab world is confusing, overwhelming, exciting, boundless and yet most travelers do not spend it enough time. It should be a week to fall in love and begin to realize all its riches.
Despite the noise, crowds, heat, dust, Cairo deserves that one stops there!
Egyptian Museum: This museum houses some 100 000 pieces (and as many in the basement) of the richest collection of Egyptian art in the world.
The Khan el
Khalili: Popular with tourists, the biggest souk in
the country worth a detour, despite its rather artificial atmosphere. Do not be intimidated by the crowd the
narrow streets and the insistence of the traders. It is difficult
to get lost because you quickly find his bearings.
Do not hesitate to haggle, mandatory ritual for not leaving too many feathers.
The Citadel: the top of a promontory, the Citadel dominates Cairo. It offers a panorama of the capital from the cliffs of Moqatam to the Nile and in clear weather to the pyramids.
Old Cairo: means any area located south of Garden City, from the immense aqueduct built in the Mameluke to bring water to the Citadel to the Coptic district. It is in this district that settled the first Christian communities. This area includes the oldest buildings in town. Take time to visit the Coptic Museum, Hanging Church El Moallaqa, Church of St. Sergius, Ben Ezra Synagogue. You can even attend a Mass in the church suspended on Friday or Sunday morning.
Islamic Cairo : means a set of
neighborhoods east of the city, built between the ninth century and the mid-nineteenth century, whose characteristic is to host the largest
concentration of Islamic monuments in the world. Admire the Azhar mosque, Ibn Tulun, Sultan Hassan, the Gayer Anderson house
You must walk around to suit your desires and opportunities. Always wear appropriate clothing (no bare shoulders and legs, even for men). Take off you before entering a mosque but avoid prayer times. Women must cover their heads with a scarf.
The Pyramids: Of course, you will not miss the visit of the plateau upon which Guiseh Cheops, Chephren, Mycerinus and the Sphinx. Have a look at
the Solar Boat Museum, along the south side of
Khufu. This elegant wooden boat, 43 meters long and fully restored mission was to ensure the symbolic
journey of the ruler in the afterlife.
Saqqara, located 21 kms from the site Guiseh is the largest and most exciting area of Cairo. Its temples, mastabas, pyramids greeted the remains of pharaohs from the beginning of the Old Kingdom for 3,000 years.
El Qanatir: this tour is to go down the Nile in boats to the dam
of Qanatir, twenty miles downstream from Cairo. The walk is very popular with romantic couples
and families who attend Mass gardens and attractions built along the river. If you want to bathe in an atmosphere "baladi" (somewhat noisy and hectic) choose
on Friday, day off in Egypt.
The market of camels Birqach: located 35 kms from Cairo, it remains the largest camel market in Egypt. Every day, hundreds of cattle are sold or traded. Sensitive souls to abstain because the view obstructed animals, not always treated with respect can shock. This visit is interesting on Friday morning or early Monday morning in which transactions are most numerous.