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Cairo - Ancient and Modern

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A September 2003 trip to Cairo by mightywease

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Quote: It is really difficult to try and sum up Cairo in a few words, so I shall simply use a quote from The Thousand and One Nights: "He who has not seen Cairo has not seen the world".

Cairo - Ancient and Modern

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Overview

Cairo Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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We arrived in Cairo at midnight; as we were driven through the streets an hour later, I reflected that the adage "the city that never sleeps" suited Cairo as easily as it suits New York. In the centre of the city, the streets were thronged with people, lights blazed in cafes, stallholders wheeled their carts of food in and out of the crowds, and our driver swerved expertly to avoid the cars and motorbikes that ebbed and flowed around us. This wasn’t my first introduction to Cairo, but it was an unforgettable image that seemed to encapsulate everything about this remarkable city. Cairo is a paradox, sprawling yet somehow intimate; affluence rubs shoulders with poverty, ancient with modern. On one corn...Read More

Mena House Oberoi - Cairo

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Hotel | "Mena House"

Mena House Oberoi - Cairo Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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The Mena House Hotel was originally built in the mid-19th century, as a lodge for the Khedive Ismail, who used it during hunting expeditions or visits to the Pyramids at Giza. It entered private ownership in the 1880s and was converted into a hotel a few years later. Over the years it has played host to a number of distinguished visitors - during World War II, President Roosevelt and Winston Churchill met there to discuss strategy. We'd heard that this was a fabulous hotel and we weren't disappointed! Firstly, the location is amazing - a leisurely stroll to the Great Pyramid will take all of 5 minutes. Indeed, the proximity to the pyramids can dominate your stay here. Whether at breakfast, loungi...Read More

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Mena House Oberoi - Cairo
Pyramids Road Giza
Cairo, Egypt
20-23833222

Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)

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Attraction | "Pyramids at Giza"

Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu) Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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I don’t think anything really prepares you for that first glimpse of the Pyramids at Giza. Mine was through an airplane window as we banked towards Cairo. I’m surprised that the plane didn’t tilt off its axis with everyone rushing to one side to see them. On our second visit we stayed at the Mena House Hotel where not only are you close to them physically but you also seem to feel their proximity emotionally. Particularly so at night when, though unlit, you are aware of their immutable presence out in the dark. To say that the three Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus are impressive is rather an understatement. They are awe-inspiring. Not only because of their size and of how and why they...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)
Giza Pyramids Plateau
Cairo, Egypt
+20 2 383 8823

Giza Pyramids and The Sphinx

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Attraction | "Pyraminds At Giza: Be Prepared"

Giza Pyramids and The Sphinx Photo, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt
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For many people planning to visit Cairo a trip to the Pyramids at Giza is a high spot on their itinerary. There is no reason why this shouldn’t be so, however, it’s worth preparing yourself before you go, as it can also be a tricky experience. Firstly it can get very busy. If you are an independent traveler than it is worth making the effort to arrive at the site just as it opens (about 7am in summer, 8am-ish in winter) as most tourist buses will not start getting there until later. If you are traveling with a tour party then you may find that you are ‘sharing’ your experience of the pyramids with hundreds of others. However, don’t worry, the pyramids themselves are so impressive that they tran...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 22, 2004

Giza Pyramids and The Sphinx
Giza Plateau
Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

Ibn Tulun Mosque

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Attraction

Ibn Tulun Mosque Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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Ibn Tulun Mosque, constructed AD 876-9, is the oldest functioning Islamic mosque in Cairo. Ahmed Ibn Tulun, who was sent to rule Cairo by the Caliph of Baghdad, built it. These Iraqi origins are seen in the mosque’s architecture making it very different in style and appearance from other mosques in the city. The clean, bright brickwork, the unusual minaret, with an outer spiral staircase, and the large open-air prayer space give the Mosque a distinct Middle Eastern feel. The mosque covers approximately 6.5 acres in area and the prayer hall, a vast open-air courtyard with an ablutions fountain covered by a doomed roof, was large enough to accommodate the whole Muslim community. A covered arc...Read More

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Ibn Tulun Mosque
Midan Ahmed Ibn Tulun
Cairo, Egypt