There are numerous reasons to travel to Cairo, starting with its proximity to some of the greatest attractions of Egypt, such as the Giza pyramids. However, the city itself hides a lot of charms that are worth visiting. Do you dare to know what they are?
1. The Egyptian Museum, one of the reasons to travel to CairoEgyptian Museum - kairoinfo4u / Flickr.com
One of the great reasons to travel to Cairo is to visit this museum. It shows the largest collection of objects (more than 136,000) of Ancient Egypt. Some of those pieces are the coffin, the throne or the funeral mask of Tutankhamun; the sphinx of Hetepheres II; the Palette of Narmer or the Pyramidion of Amenemhat III.
A new museum, much larger and more modern, will open in the year 2020. It will be possible to exhibit many of the pieces that until now remain in the warehouses and galleries of the current Egyptian Museum.
2. More reasons to travel to Cairo: its mosquesSultan Hasan Mosque
In the heart of Cairo there are several temples of great interest. The Sultan Hasan Mosque is one of the most important Islamic monuments in the world. It was built in the fourteenth century, following a Mamluk style. It occupies an area of almost 8000 m² and its highest minaret rises to 68 meters.
Fair opposite is the mosque of Al Rifa'i. It is also known as the Royal Mosque because it houses the remains of members of the royal family, something uncommon in Muslim religious buildings.
Equally recommended is the Ibn Tulun Mosque. It is the oldest in the city of Cairo, since it was built between the years 876 and 879. It still retains its original features, to which added elements added later, such as a minaret dating from 1296 and which is wrapped by an external staircase.
3. For its citadelIbn Tulun Mosque
The three previous constructions are located in the Citadel of Saladin, as well as the Gawhara Palace, the Carriage Museum or the Military Museum. It is bounded by an imposing wall and surrounded by defensive towers. For all this, it is not surprising that it is one of the main points of interest of the capital of Egypt.
4. By the Cairo Tower
It is also known as the beauty fork for the many restaurants it houses. With its 180 meters high, It offers unsurpassed views of the city of Cairo. As if that were not enough, it has a privileged location: next to the Nile River.
5. The pyramids of Giza, three great reasons to travel to CairoEgyptian pyramids
Just 20 kilometers from Cairo is Giza. It is there where the most famous pyramids in the world are found: Kefrén, Micerinos and Cheops. The latter, known as the Great Pyramid, stands out above the rest for its dimensions and because it is the oldest of the seven wonders of the world.
In the place is also located the Great Sphinx. It is a monumental sculpture 20 meters high that features a lion's body and a human head. It was sculpted in limestone rock in the XXVI century BC, during the IV dynasty of Egypt.
6. By Saqqara and MemphisStep Pyramid of Zoser
On the outskirts of Cairo you can visit other wonders. Saqqara is the most important necropolis of ancient Memphis. It highlights the stepped pyramid of Zoser, considered the first in the world and the stone structure with more years that is preserved.
The now disappeared city of Memphis constitutes an open-air museum. Here you can visit other monuments of great importance such as the Colossus of Ramses II, thirteen meters high; and the Alabaster Sphinx, which surely belongs to Queen Hatshepsut.
7. For the Khan El Khalili market
Finally, to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Cairo nothing like walking through the market stalls of Khan El Khalili. At, besides acquiring any product or souvenir, you can enjoy Egyptian cuisine thanks to the traditional establishments that settle their facilities. The most famous is El Fishawi.