Cairo Journals

Cairo, starting point to a travel in history

A December 1997 trip to Cairo by Adelaide

Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu) Photo, Cairo, Egypt More Photos
Quote: Nearly every visit to Egypt starts in Cairo, a huge city of chaotic traffic, but with a kind population. Kids especially always wanted to greet us and talk to us. This was the begin of an unforgettable journey.

Cairo, starting point to a travel in history

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Overview

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The pyramids, of course, and the Cairo Museum, with all those crafts from many periods, the mummies and Tutankhamun's treasure!! Also the visit to Memphis, the first imperial city, and Saqqara, where we could see Egypt's most ancient pyramid. In just two days we saw so many great things from such a long time period of History! For more information and images, check my Travel Report: http://www.geocities.com/TheTropics/4363/egypt/eg_main.html Quick Tips: Much is said about women traveling in Muslim countries. The female friend I was traveling with and I had a few problems regarding that - but to my surp...Read More

Historical Tours of Cairo

Attraction | "Cairo and vicinity"

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A few days after the murder of tourists in Egypt in 1997, we were some of the few tourists arriving in Egypt, so we had a very private tour in the company of our guide Mohamed and our driver Maghdi.

On the first day we went to the Egyptian Museum in the morning, and then to a papyrus shop. In the afternoon, to the great pyramids, and later to a perfume shop.

One the next day, we went to Memphis and Saqqara, then to a carpet factory. In the afternoon, we visit the Citadel, Mohamed Ali's mosque and the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar.

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Historical Tours of Cairo
8, Tarsana Sporting Club
Cairo, Egypt

Egyptian Museum

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Attraction | "Cairo Museum or Egyptian Museum"

Egyptian Museum Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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In two and a half hours we saw antiquities, the oldest being a slate palette from 3100 b.C. depicting Narmer, the unifier of the two lands - the Lower and the Upper Egypt. There were statues of pharaohs in granite, limestone and other materials. There were also vases, jewels, murals, mummified animals, furniture and so many other items. One of the highlights of the museum is Tutankhamun's treasures, recovered from his tomb in the Valley of the Kings. Like its sarcophagus, Tut's funerary mask is decorated with gold, lapis lazuli, quartz and obsidian. Another highlight is the Royal Mummies room, which requires a separate ticket to be visited. Inside you can see 15 mummies of kings and quee...Read More

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Egyptian Museum
Tahrir Square
Cairo, Egypt
+20 (2) 579 6974

Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Attraction | "Khan el-Khalili souks"

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Our guide Mohamed took us to Khan el-Khalili bazaar and gave us one hour to look around and eventually buy something. We saw beautiful tainted glass flasks for perfumes and tried some essences, too. Many shops sell spice, papyrus, jewels (including pendants with cartouche - the oblong loop that contained a pharaoh's name in hieroglyphs) and all kind of souvenirs in alabaster, granite, various stones or even plastic. The only thing we bought that day, after the traditional (and highly recommended) bargain, were t-shirts embroidered with cartouche. At the end of our trip we returned to buy some souvenirs. Khan el-Khalili, once known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, is the market sit...Read More

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Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Cairo, Egypt 11211

Citadel Complex

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Attraction | "Mohamed Ali Mosque"

Citadel Complex Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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This mosque is also known as the Alabster Mosque because of its alabaster walls and amazingly decorated green and golden domes. Mohamed Ali was Egypt's ruler during the first half of last century and built this mosque where he is buried.

From the courtyard, visitors may have a view across the city, theoretically to the pyramids in Giza, if visibility allows (not very chancy, due to the intense air pollution - we only saw the buildings down the hill). It is situated at the Citadel, a fortified area built in 1176 by Salah ad-Din to protect it against attacks by the Crusaders.

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Citadel Complex
Salah Salem Highway
Cairo, Egypt
20 2 512 9619

Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)

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Attraction | "The pyramids of Giza and the Sphynx"

Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu) Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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The famous pyramids of Giza - Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus- are the only remaining of the Seven Wonders of ancient world. The oldest and largest is that of the pharaoh Khufu, better known as Cheops (a Greek version for the original name). Built during the first half of the 26th century b.C., it was originally 140 m high, 230 m long at its base and weighed about 5 million tons. Next to it is the pyramid of Chephren (Khafre, originally), Cheops' son, from the second half of the 26th century B.C., slightly smaller than the first but resembling higher. The last and smaller of these pyramids is that of Mycerinus (originally Menkaure), Chephren's son. There are other small pyramids next to these three and...Read More

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

Memphis

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Attraction | "Memphis and Saqqara"

Memphis Photo, Cairo, Egypt
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Memphis, the first imperial city, was founded by the first pharaoh Narmer (or Menes) around 3100 B.C. and was Egypt's capital for about one thousand years. Not much remains of its glorious past, the main attractions being a huge statue of Ramses II, 13 m high, now laid down and sheltered, and an alabaster sphinx presumably of Hatshepsut. Saqqara, near Memphis, was the burial site of the royals and the nobles of that time. We entered Zoser's funerary complex through a hall that once contained statues of the animal-gods that represented each of the states of the kingdom. At the end we could see a wall decorated with snakes facing the entrance - the guardians and also an emblem of royalty. We saw the...Read More

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Memphis
24 kilometres south of Cairo
Cairo, Egypt
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