Khan el-Khalili bazaar

Khan el-Khalili bazaar, Cairo

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There is no better way to soak up the real culture of a country than at its local market. The Khan el-Khalili is the largest souk in the world and is located in the heart of Cairo, not far from the Egyptian Museum. The Khan el-Khalili souk, runs right through the city and here you really will find everything. From fresh spices, jewellery, clothes, bongs to the typical souvenirs for tourists. Here you will also find stalls selling traditional Egyptian food and fresh tea.

Originating in the 14th century, this souk has been luring many itinerant traders and lusty shoppers from the Middle East and Africa since the 15th century. The market kept getting bigger and bigger and today is a veritable maze of alleyways where you can find both cheap souvenirs and authentic products (such as copperware or handmade jewellery boxes). Spending a few hours here is definitely one of the most fun activities in Cairo you can do.

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Citadel of Cairo

Citadel of Cairo, Cairo

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The Cairo Citadel is one of the most elegant fortresses of the Middle Ages and therefore an important landmark of the city. Located in downtown Cairo, the Citadel houses several museums, mosques and other buildings. It is an ancient bastion that marks the city’s skyline like no other building. The Citadel can be recognised by the towering minarets of Muhammad Ali’s grand mosque. There is no better place in Cairo to get an idea of just how gigantic this city is.

The original citadel was built in 1176 under Saladin, but over the many centuries this fortress underwent many changes. The Grand Mosque in the citadel is the largest built in the early 19th century. The exterior of the Citadel dominates the cityscape, but the interior is actually much more impressive. Inside the Citadel stands the beautifully decorated dome and the impressive Carrara marble mausoleum of Mohammed Ali Pasha. It is definitely worth a visit!

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The Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum, Cairo

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One of the biggest crowd-pullers is located in the heart of Cairo on Tharirplei, the Egyptian Museum. The stately museum, designed by French architect Marcel Dourgnon, opened its doors at the beginning of the 20th century. Nowhere else in the world can you see and admire so many objects from the time of the pharaohs together in one building. The museum is home to more than a quarter of a million artefacts.

The most important object is Tutankhamun’s death mask which is still fully intact. Some other key pieces you really must have seen are the death masks of some pharaohs, various grave goods buried with them and the mummy portraits.

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Giza pyramid complex

Giza pyramid complex, Cairo

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Located on the outskirts of Cairo, the Giza Pyramid complex is by far the most famous in Egypt. The pyramids are not in Cairo itself, but are located just a few kilometres from Cairo, in Giza.

The pyramids in this complex were built between about 2551 and 2472 BC; in the Stone Age. There are three major pyramids at the Giza Pyriamide complex: the pyramid of Khufu, the pyramid of Khafre and the pyramid of Menkaure. The Pyramid of Khufu, also known as the Great Pyramid of Giza or the Pyramid of Cheops, is the largest in Egypt and the only remaining wonder of the seven classical wonders of the world. Discoveries, including mummies, continue to be made in this area.

Besides the magnificent pyramids, the Great Sphinx of Giza also stands at this complex. The Sphinx of Giza is a huge limestone statue of a mythical creature that has the head of a man and the body of a lion. The iconic symbol of Egypt and really something you must do in Cairo during your visit to Egypt.

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