Travel to Egypt

Day 3 Cairo

Egypt


 

Cairo: Heart of the country of the Nile, is a chaotic city in terms of traffic and place in which they blend the western world, represented by skyscrapers of the wealthy and the medieval quarter, with its adobe houses and cars pulled by donkeys compared with ostentatious cars. Since its fundacióny they show the contrasts of all Egypt. It is not known exactly how many people have the city, but it is estimated that the figure is between 12 and 16 million during the Day.

Cairo - Saladin's Citadel
El Cairo - Saladin´s Citadel

Islamic Cairo is the name under which it knows the old medieval quarter, walking through its streets is like back six or seven centuries. Neighborhoods as Darb al-Ahmar are characterized by its small alleys, its adobe houses, their food hawkers and their goats, camels and donkeys. There are temples and mosques everywhere, and in the air you breathe a strong smell of turmeric, cumin and animals.

Cairo - Alabaster Mosque (Mohammad Ali Mosque)
Cairo - Alabaster Mosque (Mohammad Ali Mosque)

Among the architectural jewels of this area of the city, highlighting the Iben Tulun, one of the world´s largest mosques, built in the ninth century, the mausoleum of Imam al-Shafi'i, the larger of the country, and the Citadel, an impressive medieval fortress, seat of power for seven hundred years, which houses inside it three major mosques (especially that of Alabaster) and several museums. Cairo offers an incredible selection of shops, entertainment, culture and nightlife. Highlights the adjacent mosque of Hassan and Al-Rifai (houses the tomb of the royal family in Egypt as well as that of the Shah of Persia).

Cairo - Hassan and Al-Rifai mosques
Cairo - Hassan and Al-Rifai mosques

The famous Khan El-Khalili is one of the most original eastern markets. It goes back to the fourteenth century. It has a lot of shops that expose magnificent collections of gold jewelry and silver products, wood, ivory, skins brass, embroidered dresses, and all the species richness of Eastern essences, enjoys buildings, alleys, arches, portals very high-level architecture that has become a veritable museum of Islam. The inside of the Khan El-Khalili include the Fishawy cafee, a cozy place with an unusual and very special venue for writers, poets, musicians and so on.

Cairo - Egyptian Museum
Cairo - Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum (founded 1857) is in the Tahrir Square in the heart of Cairo. It has approximately one hundred and twenty thousand objects between sculptures, tombs and so on, divided between two vast floors. Highlights the statue of Kefren , the statue of Ka-aper, the frieze of geese of Meidum, the group of Rahotep and Nefret, the mummies, the pieces of Amarna, the treasure of Tutankhamen and especially the hall dedicated to Tutankhamen, that is formed by the masterpieces of this museum, which includes the golden bust of the pharaoh.


 

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