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Things to do in Cairo

The imposing Citadel offers views of Islamic Cairo's medieval market streets and ornate mosques, and busy Downtown with the Egyptian Museum. To the south are peaceful Coptic Cairo's Christian churches. A Felucca ride along the Nile brings you alongside affluent Gezira and Zamalek. On the outskirts are the mammoth Pyramids at Giza. Most major attractions are open daily, around 9am-5pm, usually changing during the month of Ramadan.

Pyramids at Giza, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel
Umm Kulsoum Museum, Cairo. Courtesy of www.bellylorna.blogspot.com
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Umm Kulsoum Museum

Singer's memorabilia museum

Honouring Egypt's - and probably the Arab world's - best-known singer, the small Umm Kulsoum Museum in Rhoda has photographs and memorabilia of her life. A short film portrays her early life when she performed disguised as a boy.



Cost

E£2

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-2pm

Address

Sharia al-Malek as-Salih, Rhoda, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2363 1467

Transport

Metro to Opera

Coptic art at the Coptic Museum in Cairo, Egypt. Courtesy of Egyptian State Tourist Office London
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Coptic Museum

Coptic artefacts

More than an archive of Coptic history, Cairo's Coptic Museum is a case study in the formative years of a major religion. It houses the world's most important collection of Coptic art, showing examples of the first Christian representations.



Cost

E£50

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-5pm

Address

Mary George Street, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2362 8766

Transport

Metro to Mar Guirguis

Website

Coptic Museum Website

Egyptian Museum, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel
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Egyptian Museum

Ancient artefacts and mummies

Boy king Tutankhamun's gold and lapis-lazuli burial-mask and coffin are highlights of the Egyptian Museum in Downtown Cairo. With over 120,000 antiquities, covering centuries of ancient history, be selective. Royal mummies, immersed in hallowed hush, are worth the extra ticket.



Cost

E£60; mummies E£100

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-6pm

Address

Midan Tahrir, Cairo 11557

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 2578 2448

Transport

Metro to Sadat

Citadel, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel
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Citadel

Imposing landmark with views

An unmissable landmark, the Citadel near Islamic Cairo was home to Egypt's rulers for 700 years. With great city views - and breeze - the huge fortress contains mosques, palaces and museums including the white marble Mohammed Ali Mosque.



Cost

E£40

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-4pm (mosques closed Fri during prayers)

Address

Midan el-Qala'a, Cairo

Telephone

+2 (0) 225123109

Transport

Taxi

Hanging Church, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel
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Hanging Church

Coptic 9th-century church

In serene Coptic Cairo, the Hanging Church was built above a Roman water gate, and ascended by steep stairway. Renovated many times, the interior of the 9th-century church has 13 pillars holding up the pulpit, representing Jesus and his disciples.



Cost

Free

Opening Hours

Daily 9am-5pm (Coptic Mass Fri 8am-11am & Sun 7am-10am)

Address

Shariah Mar Girgis, Cairo

Transport

Metro to Mar Girgis

Ibn Tulun Mosque, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian State Tourist Office
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Ibn Tulun Mosque

Ancient mosque

Made from mud-brick and wood, Ibn Tulun Mosque in Sharia Ibn Tulun was built in 879AD, featuring a pointed arch well before Gothic architecture, and decorative inner arcades. The minaret can be ascended by spiral staircase for city views.



Cost

Free (donation welcome)

Opening Hours

Daily 8am-6pm

Address

Sharia Ibn Tulun, Cairo

Transport

Taxi

Pyramids at Giza, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel
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Pyramids at Giza

World wonder necropolis

The last surviving of the Seven Wonders of the World, Giza's three immense pyramids, Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, built over 4000 years ago, were the pharaohs' necropolis. Check out Solar Barque Museum's ancient cedarwood boat. Early morning is coolest.



Cost

E£60 (Great Pyramid of Khufu E£100); Solar Barque Museum E£50

Opening Hours

Daily 8am-5pm

Address

Giza Plateau, Giza, Cairo

Telephone

+20 (0) 2 33838823

Transport

Bus 355 or 357 from Downtown Cairo

Al-Azhar Park, Cairo. Photo by Ernesto Reyes
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Al-Azhar Park

Serene green space

A welcome green space in chaotic Islamic Cairo, the 30-hectare city-centre Al-Azhar Park was completed in 2005 and landscaped after clearing a rubbish-filled wasteland. Inside is the restored 12th-century Ayyubid Wall, plus paved walkways, serene cafes and panoramic Citadel views.



Cost

E£10

Opening Hours

9am-12am

Address

Shariah Salah Salem, Cairo

Transport

Taxi

Website

Al Azhar Park Website

Felucca ride, Cairo. Courtesy of Egyptian Tourist Authority, © Gardel
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Felucca ride

Traditional Nile cruise

To see Cairo at its most serene, hire a felucca, a traditional wooden boat, and captain to sail down the Nile for city views. Sunset has the best light, plus sounds of the call to prayer from many surrounding mosques.



Cost

E£30 (approx)

Opening Hours

Sunrise to late evening

Address

Corniche el-Nil, Garden City (opposite Grand Hyatt), Cairo

Transport

Metro to Giza

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