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Travel Guide To Cairo – A City Of Ancient Roots In Egypt

Posted by in Travel: Destination Guides: Middle East  ~  March 12, 2012 12:26:39 PM

Egypt is a mystical place that had successfully integrated its ancient roots with modern technology. Cairo, which is Egypt’s capital, is one of the best places to soak up on ancient history in this country. Many historical structures that span over five millenniums of existence are also found in Cairo. These structures also vary in appearance and even history because of influences from its own rulers as well as colonial forces. This is because Egypt was occupied by rulers from different nationalities; among these are the Greeks, the Romans, the Arabs, the Turkish, the British, and the French. It is no wonder then that Egypt can adapt to different circumstances that spanned thousands of years.

Visiting Cairo would not be complete without stopping by Coptic Cairo. This is the oldest part of Cairo where the Romans build Babylon thousands of years ago. It is also the part of the city where the Christian community is concentrated so you will find a lot of churches here. This includes the Hanging Church which is the center of the Coptic Christian faith in Cairo. The Ben Ezra synagogue is also found in this part of the city. This synagogue is the oldest found in Egypt which is saying a lot considering how old the civilization of Egypt is. In addition, the use of cobbled street provides sense connectivity with the past for Cairo’s visitors. The Islamic center is found in another part of Cairo, this is otherwise known as Medieval Cairo. Many mosques can be found here. Worth visiting are the Mosque of Muhammad Ali and Ibn Tulun. These are the major mosques in the area. Many bazaars and shopping areas can also be found in Medieval Cairo.

If you are interested in viewing ancient artifacts and see the remains of great Egyptian rulers, then visiting the Egyptian Museum is a must. You can view the sarcophagi, ancient relics, and other famed royal jewelries by visiting Egyptian Museum. It is also in the Egyptian Museum that the mummy of King Tutankhamen and his artifacts that were found in his tomb are located. This museum is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Another part of Cairo that is worth visiting is called the City of the Dead. While this may not seem like an exciting journey to a lively traveler, it is still an enthralling place to visit. This is not as somber as it sounds though because this area had become the home of Cairo’s poor and their place of doing business.

While you are in Cairo, you should also not miss going to the Nile and renting a sail boat. These are not ordinary sail boats but sail boats called Falucca that are patterned after Cairo’s ancient mode of water transport. Another Cairo attraction is the Whirling Dervishes, these are free performances that take place in the Citadel. You can also catch the performance every Wednesday and Saturday in Islamic Cairo at the Mausoleum of Al-Ghouri. Cairo Tower is a place you should not miss; it gives you a scenic view of the city in a revolving restaurant.

You should also visit the shopping centers and bazaars in Cairo. This is where you will see and feel Cairo as it is today. There is both disorder and organizations in all the chaos but through it all Cairo retains its innate charm that keeps travelers coming back. You can buy exotic items including rare veils and even camels. There are also ordinary day to day things like books and clothes. But what Cairo bazaars are really known for is their carpet that comes in every design and color. You should not miss buying this item while you are in the city. One of the most popular bazaars in Cairo is called the Khan Al-Khalili. It is also one of the world’s oldest bazaars where little has changed in the course of hundreds of years.

But what would really make your travel to Cairo complete is visiting the pyramids and the Sphinx. There are three major pyramids namely the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Great Pyramid of Kafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaura. The remains of great kings used to lie in these pyramids. These pyramids are collectively known as the Great Pyramid of Giza which is also one of the Seven Wonders of the World.